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Men of the flower: Chen See (rear) and Duckstein in Paul Taylor's Dandelion Wine
photo: Ellen Crane
Men of the flower: Chen See (rear) and Duckstein in Paul Taylor's Dandelion Wine

Sharing the program, David Neumann collaborates with Laurie Anderson on So That You Could See Us Coming. This new work is far less shapely than Neumann's wonderful 2000 Oyimbo, but there's no dearth of smart ideas and great jokes. While Anderson mixes intriguing musical events at the back of the theater, Neumann and Miho Nikaido, tufted with feathers and fur by Naoko Nagata, lope cautiously about a bizarre Eden designed by Paul Clay and fantastically lit by David Covey. Objects resembling brains light up; a tree of round, glowing fruits wiggles. Civilization evolves (or does it?) via balls, and that empty hand patting the air is soon cupping one. Learn to catch or perish. Bouncing them off the back wall is fun; eating them is not. There's even an arty "plastique" with three spheres. Bearded Tom O'Connor enters to involve Neumann in monkey tackles and other befuddled encounters. Three handmaidens sort of guide whatever it is we're enjoying.

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