Before the premiere of Daniel Gwirtzman’s The Oracle presented at BAM’s Fisher (May 30-June1) for his company Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, a campaign was launched sharing fifteen events (including dance films) over fifteen weeks. The film series includes working with students, site-specific excursions, a “return” of a Gwirtzman character “Life Coach Danny,” plus a series made in Bahia, Brazil which “highlights the beauty of the natural landscape…” and his work with dancers there. In the making of this work Gwirtzman also set out to highlight “…a continuum of gatherings” and to “…examine relationships and their evolution over time.” For The Oracle, this marriage of group, relationship and evolution was real. Situated in the round, The Oracle begins with a solo for Gwirtzman who is then joined by Jonathan Alsberry, connecting angles, lines with darting legs and arms. Anna Schon enters, and then with Gwirtzman and Alsberry all three develop more lovely partnering sequences. The cast of 14, including Gwirtzman, Alsberry and Schon kept coming; filling the space with nice partnering, shifting patterns and a good deal interplay with the contrasting music by composer Jeff Story.
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