"Requiem" - Terese Capucilli - Photo: Kristin Lodoen Linder
Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Buglisi Dance Theatre celebrated their 20th anniversary (February 5-10) with works by Nacho Duato, Donlin Foreman and Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and honored Jody Gottfried Arnhold and Beverly D’Anne for their advocacy work in the field. One program included Duato’s Arenal (Three Excerpted Solos, 1988) danced so pointedly by Natasha Diamond-Walker in a full black dress that followed her every darting arms, legs and head, conversely, Foreman’s Prelude (1977) followed with Ari Mayzick, chest bare and pants roughly rolled at the waist, contracting and releasing ever so deeply with such ease. The Buglisi works included Rain, scrim across the front and shadows of couples on stage rushing and mingling throughout; two world premieres of This Is Forever, a sweet rendition of the waltz danced by four couples, and the beautifully danced duet (Helen Hansen French and Mayzick); plus Snow Falling On Water a lovely peek into what seemed a relationship through dance. Standout for the evening was the diva women (Virginie Mecene, Christine Dakin, Helen Hansen French, Terese Capucilli joined by So Young An) in Buglisi’s dance of all dance for and to celebrate women, Requiem (2001). Sheathed in yards and yards of voluminous earth-tone fabric, and dancing on and off five triangular shaped cubes, these women were lusciously- fearless!
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