If there is ever a chance to see Dianne McIntyre perform, seize the opportunity. Alas, one opportunity just passed, (December 9-12) where McIntyre and Bill T. Jones closed the New York Live Arts music series led by yMusic—“Come Around IV,” with newly commissioned solos, to original scores. Hideaki Aomori, Gabriel Cabezas, CJ Camerieri, Robert Moose, Nadia Sirota and Alex Sopp make up yMusic, the group of NYC instrumentalists who “…has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” according to National Public Radio’s Fred Child. For the musicians and for McIntyre, the Brazilian composer Marcos Balter created the mesmerizing piece titled "we carry our homes within us which enables us to fly," to which McIntyre danced as if in a perfect trance. Dressed in variations of white, contrasted by lines of red tape dividing the space for dance and music, McIntyre weaves it all together moving in and around the musicians shepherding them to match her swirls, spins, tilts, lunges and sprinkles of the imagined through her fluttering fingers. Her body is its own instrument playing against Balter’s sounds and chants and although there is hope that it wouldn’t end, the standing ovation and call (“Dianne…Dianne”) confirms the inevitable. More please!
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."