Volume 5, Number 18 | May 4 – 10, 2006
7 Days in Dance
TINY OPEN SKY An unidentified science experiment collides with paranoid philosophy in “Tiny Open Sky,” by BAX Artist in Residence Allison Farrow, who tackles the compelling and somewhat paranoid vision of Paul Virilio, a Christian anarchist and critic of technology best known for his philosophical writings on war and cinema. Working with text, dance, video design, and non-traditional use of electronics, Farrow creates a riveting live performance installation with a unique visceral presence. Performing as body doubles for each other, Farrow and Arturo Vidich both portray Virilio as the creator, test subject, and victim of an unidentified scientific experiment. A single consciousness is split into two locations, evoking strategies used in both film editing and military operations. This unstable fiction is layered with references to all-American race car driver Craig Breedlove, who broke the sound barrier, and the German film icon Marlene Dietrich, with choreographic source material taken from “The Blue Angel” (1930), “Morocco” (1930), “Blonde Venus” (1932), “Shanghai Express,” (1932) and “Destry Rides Again” (1939). Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 Fifth Ave. near Eighth St. in Park Slope. Apr. 21-22 at 8 p.m. $15, $10 members, $8 low-income at 718-832-0018 or bax.org.
ARTHUR AVILES TYPICAL THEATER The Bronx-based contemporary modern dance company begins a celebration of its 10th anniversary with a year-long series of concerts and events beginning with three dates at Aaron Davis Hall as part of the E-Moves series. “¡Mi Celia! ¡Mi Puente!” is a set of seven energetic, sexy, and fluid contemporary modern dance works set to classic ‘50s music by legends Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. The concert also includes dance clips, personal video testimonials, and a swinging salsa couple. The troupe is led by the award winning, out, New York Rican choreographer Aviles, who is credited with making the Bronx a destination for professional dance by founding BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance—his company’s home base. Apr. 22 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. & Apr. 30 at 3 p.m. at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Avenue bet. W. 133 and 135 Sts. $18; $15 ADH members at 212-650-7100 or ticketmaster.com.