Gina Gibney’s Folding In (November 2 – 12) at the Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, was made in collaboration with members of Gibney Dance Company/“Artistic Associates”: Nigel Campbell, Kassandra Cruz, Devin Oshiro, Brandon Welch and Associate Artistic Director & Company Manager, Amy Miller. There are “…some personal firsts,” writes Gibney in the program: it’s her first work since 2013, her first collaboration with lighting designer (Asami Morita), with costume designer (Felicity Sargeant), and the first work for her new resident company, in the new space. The dancers give their all. The intention of the work, Gibney adds, was to serve as “…a meditation on the cycle of extension, resolution, and return.” The dancer’s task, it seemed, was to take this idea to heart and as collaborators, physicalize these broodings. They are lovely. Their interlocking bodies against the wall, their emotional responses and repeating spatial designs in various groupings confirm that the movement building is a collaborative effort. And though Hildur Guðnadóttir’s compositions don’t really shift (it’s more like a long hum), they also used the music, maybe as indicators for whatever. Gibney is a staple in the downtown dance scene. This performance celebrates her 25th anniversary.
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