The raw space (bare walls and room to move all the way to the walls), and choreographed lights (by Joe Levasseur) hanging in beautifully tangled shapes, was perfect for Melnick's Moment Marigold at BAM/Fisher (October 8). Disregard the not so flattering costumes and look instead at the ladies (Melnick, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes and Maggie Thom) moving to their internal rhythms and to Steven Reker's music and all is good. In deliberate and calculating moves, they take their time to connect through the space where their fingers cross. They are tangled, slipping fingers through fingers and following through with bodies that do the same. And, as if starting a new jigsaw puzzle each time, their bodies cascade, pause, lock and unlocked in amoeba-like shapes again and again. Then they rest, clumped, take a breath and begin another set of joint-driven sequences, sliding in and out of unison. Although Skove-Epes and Thom are capable, the one time when Melnick is alone, she is even more stunning, and in her translation, the movement has a particularly pleasing language. Taken in small portions, Moment Marigold is lovely.
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