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Crossing Categories, Generations, and Genders

On the "Body Blend" program, Jessi Scopp and Sharon Estacio offered a light view of two women's tussles in Scopp's Untitled. Waiting around, Estacio's a charming stumblebum; at one point she fixates on one foot like a cat chasing its tail, and later falls asleep standing there. Interactions between the two are equally curious and disarming. Two elegant, tingling solos by Barbara Mahler for herself and Roberta Cooper (Falling Sky) make you see very particular people who happen to be women, rather than "female" or "queer." In one of the more mystifying pieces on the program, Rachel Thorne Germond moves in languid sympathy with one of Judy Garland's late, saddening public rants (on video), and in another, Jesse Phillips-Fein's Flesh Box, four women undergo a slow, tempestuous voyage, sometimes with their eyes closed. What's "queer" about all this?


Williams and Jimenez with the DTH ensemble in Smuin's St. Louis Woman
photo: Richard Termine
Williams and Jimenez with the DTH ensemble in Smuin's St. Louis Woman

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Dance Theatre of Harlem
New York State Theater
July 8 through 13

Fuse Festival
HERE Arts Center
June 16 through July 6

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