Seán Curran is one of few choreographers who embrace a culture completely when he sets out to make a collaborative work. Curran’s latest work, Dream’d in a Dream presented at BAM Harvey (October 7-10) as part of BAM’s 2015 Next Wave Festival offered a prized mixing of his spherical movement language and nuances from Kyrgyz Republic’s “contemporary urban folkdance.” Begin with a bright red floor, moveable red benches, traditionally inspired backdrop and costumes and the spices are just right. The ten members of Seán Curran Company were joined by six musicians from Ustatshakirt Plus whom Curran met while in Bishkek. Ustatshakirt Plus was the inspiration for the work, and here, with the dancers, they are a sweet blend. It’s no wonder Curran admits, “I make dances because I love music so much.” The music drives the many sections and the dancers and the movements compliment the call for speed, running and jumping from one bench to the other, or in a ladies trio, slowing down to drop a heel into an ankle while softly bending both knees as the rest watch from the sides. “I dream’d that was the new city of Friends,” from Walt Whitman’s I Dream’d in a Dream, also an inspiration for the work. Kudos to dancers: Rebecca Arends, Dwayne Brown, Elizabeth Coker, Benjamin Freedman, David Gonsier, Michael Richman, Christina Robson, Shane Dennis Rutkowski, Jin Ju Song-Begin and Aaron R. White. Kudos also go to the musicians: Nurlanbek Nyshanov, Bek Alagushov, Aizada Kasabolotova, Makhabat Kobogonova, Adinai Kudabaeva and Toigonai Osmonova.
I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), 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."