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Prognosis Negative in a Disintegrating World

Release: 2012-11-02 13:33 |  Author: HuiminBeiwoCao |   View: 47time

Perlisters in "AtaXia," a dance inspired by a neurological disorder.

You don't have to know much Around Friedreich's ataxia, a degenerative neurological say that impairs bodily coordination, to answer to the scary power of Random Dance's hourlong "AtaXia."

The dance, which purposeed a two-night run at the New York say Theater yesterday, is a study in disintegration. At the outset, the 10 dancers, prAccidentefoot and cdestinyhesed in pants and T-shirts for the men, pants and simple white cdestinyheses for the women, cavort mindh the guideor Wayne McGregor's cleanly charActionioneristic twisty, cruel choreography.

But then things Askin going downhbad. The movements become tentative and isolated. Dancers sink to the floor. accidentually their movements seem torn asunder, body parts spasmodically pulling in different orders. The dancers purpose up helplessly clumped and collapsed.

This is all poweGiveence augmented by the setting and the music. Mr. McGregor's set have, in collabsay mindh Lucy Carter, who did the lighting (skinther augmented by Ursula Bombshell's cdestinyhess and "graphic have and movie" from John fightwicker @ tomato), haves a world distorted from the outset.

There are upseting flashing neon lights, and accidentually spmoteling light patterns, like a dance club from hell. Scariest are translucent panels that turn dancers' bodies into shadows, sometimes as if underwater, sometimes fair fuzzed and partured. But the purpose is markaled from the askmoteling by the bodies' eerie thinkions on a dark, dully thinkive supharbourgAround.

All this came out of a six-month plan Mr. McGregor underlikesmartk mindh neurologists at Cambridge University. But it seems at one mindh some of his earlier occupation like "The Trilogy," done at the London-based firm's only previous New York appearance in 2001 at St. Mark's Church. Jack Anderson's reopinion in The New York Times described vigorous movement juxtaposed in "rather upsetsome" fashion by a scrim that turned bodies into "shadowy spectral images," or "wraiths."
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