Ori Flomin took on a brave task; he reached out to more than 40 named dancers, choreographers and teachers "...throughout the world... [with] questions about [their] ...lives, influences, and current work in the dance field," then resigned to translate their words into "...the moving body." The result was First Move made in collaboration with the dancers. By far, this is a juicy concept and there is a great deal of history that comes forth is Flomin's movement-story. The list of artists he pulls from is rich including Shila Tirabassi, Janet Panetta, Sean Curran, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Vicky Shick, Miguel Gutierrez, David Thomson and more. Flomin's mashup of these 40+ styles is equally rich when danced by Hannah Button, Flomin, Isaac Gonyo and Colleen Thomas. Get past the unflattering costumes and instead look at how these mature powerhouses mix and move about the quirky pole-clipped space in unison or solos sequences that underscore their deep-seated knowledge of moving bodies. Especially lovely was seeing Flomin carve, balance and shape-shift in his solo. First Move was presented as part of the new programming at Gina Gibney Dance's Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (March 11-14).
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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."