Today, other than the extremely long and exhausting work day, I was given the ability to go see my friend, Lauren, perform! I mentioned her a few weeks ago (when Raoni and I went to her house for pancake brunch along with Beasts of the Southern Wild), so you would already know that she is an amazing person and dancer.. yep yep yep! 🙂
I got to meet the amazing Robbie, Lauren’s fiance. He is a pretty wicked cool guy, and after getting to know him a little better, I’d say he and Lauren are a match made in heaven. They are both some pretty stellar people!!!! It doesn’t get any better than them. It was so clear that he was in such deep love with her, just by the way he spoke about her and how his face would express certain things when he’d tell me how they met 🙂 Very cute.
Okay, so here is my review on the dance company, Project 606, show Momentum:
The show took place in an art gallery, the Ballroom Dance Chicago, which is a beautiful space. It had mirrors (for ballroom dance lessons) and columns throughout the center (which did obstruct some of the viewing, but it did make it for a more interesting show). The floors were a beautiful sandy wood, and the rest of the building was very contemporarily set: cemented, red bricks, art pieces hanging everywhere, etc.
The Daily M n t n u s Grind: Choreographed by Jenny DeMuth, I found this work to be the most interesting of the evening. Although not my favorite, even though it was a great work, it did find its way to be the more interesting. What I mean to say is that it had the most unique motif for movement initiation and it also had very interesting follow through. I found it quite funny, at times, and other moments I found it to be very fun. It definitely had a theme, which kept coming back repeatedly, and then it would branch away into larger, almost African-like vocabulary of movement. All dancers performed very well. The costumes were perfect: boring. Ha ha ha. Not in a bad way, but I found them very stale, which completely added to this work (you’d have to see it!). In the end, as I said at the beginning, this is one has the award as most interesting work.
During the intermission Robbie gave me his interpretation of what he thought it was reflecting. He is quite a dance genius because after he told me, then I saw the big picture!
BACKBONE: This was my favorite work of the night, choreographed by the artistic director of the company, Meghann Mueller. Why did I choose this one as my favorite..? Well.. simply put, I just enjoyed it so much. I felt as though the dancers were a lot more involved in this work, both mentally and physically. I enjoyed Lauren’s performance A LOT in this work.. But I’ll write about her later in this post (I’d want to touch on her more closely, so I’m not as biased!). I did feel as though the dancers, as committed as they were, could have given a tad bit more. Otherwise, they were fantastic! Whatever this work was about, it WORKED! I immensely enjoyed watching it, and felt as though I was in it. Superb! Also, great music selection, very unique. The costumes were simple and effective.
During intermission I overheard a few females “giving their opinion” on what worked and what didn’t so far in the show. I did get a bit defensive on the inside (but didn’t say anything), since I thought the evening was going great.
Fixed in One Long Gaze (excerpt): This work was the finale of the show. Again, choreographed by Meghann Mueller, featuring previous and present members of the company. This was the only work with a prop, which I thought worked out very well, it was efficiently used. This was an excerpt of a much longer work, with a wide selection of music: from very classical to contemporary instrumental. The costumes didn’t seem to fit in with the space provided, although I’m sure they were fantastic on stage. I had a moment of glee during this dance when one of the females that was “giving their opinion” gulped during this dance.. that single gulp says SO MUCH. Plus, I feel that if a dance can have you talking, whether you’re crazy about it or not, then it did its job well. All dancers were fantastic in this dance. I will say that I noticed that there were similarities in the movement and initiation of movement from all the works, which is not bad at all, however, I would like to see some of the movement initiated from different parts of the body, or more use of the pelvis-region a bit more.
Lauren is a fantastic performer! She was in the first two works. Usually, I only get to watch her in class, which is good enough, BUT seeing her live (detaching myself from movement) and just enjoying her perform for the audience, which I was in, was such a treat! I was able to analyze and study what makes her exciting in her performance environment. In the first work, I loved seeing her apply what we learn in scholarship. I could see her using every bit of information in her body. Lauren is a devilish genius.. I noticed this primarily in the second work. While everyone else was willingly giving themselves away to the audience, which is very nice, she kept herself reserved from time to time. She would let us in, but only for a moment, as if she had calculated it perfectly. It was very exhilarating to want more from her, and when she gave it she gave it. It wasn’t until work became more involved that she let us in, especially during her solo. I enjoyed her patience because dancers are so reluctant to give themselves away, willingly, which most people expect, but to let the audience work for it… genius. 😉 Bravo on such an amazing show Lauren. You are everything!
All in all, it was a great show which I enjoyed very much. I am grateful that Lauren and Robbie for allowing me to come and watch. I am glad to know them, and to see their passion for each other. There was a very cute moment where I saw Robbie searching for Lauren and following her everywhere she went in the room while she danced. When she would bow, he clapped the most. Its sooooo endearing! 🙂
They are performing again tomorrow, so I’d suggest that if you’re in the area and can make it, GO! It is a wonderful show, with such talented ladies.
For more information on the show, and the company, visit their website: http://www.project606dance.org/