...and it is dance itself that Graham is questioning as well in her concealment of the body, and it is dance itself which we witness undergoing an interrogation with itself through itself, by turning its very instrument against it and forcing it to reconsider its means.
What a moving performance. It was...Provocative Unsettling Sensual Daring Beautiful Frightening Amazing Wow!
...spellbinding mix of smooth and sharp...
Esse Aficionado is led by three Purchase College graduates who are certainly — as the name suggests — passionate devotees of dance.
Whether fighting for our rights in their satin tights or displaying the scope of all-female energy, Esse Aficionado proved a force to count among NYC’s up-and-coming dance companies.
For they love to mix it up like Merce, changing a work’s performers, movement, costumes and/or music and using sound and projections issuing live from high-tech devices manipulated by chance…This must be what synesthesia feels like.
Once in a blue moon, the privilege to see a young dancer, with genius pulsing within, comes along at an early stage of a career. Gina Graham is one such dancer. And the performance of Esse Aficionado — the company of Graham, De La Rosa and Morinoue — was like invigorating heat on a cold winter’s night.
A deep sense of vitality pulses through them...choreography possesses true creative sparks that flare up throughout the performance.
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