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Angels we have glimpsed below in disorienting dance

Somewhere between the drafting of Jessica Reese Dessner's press release and the opening of disORIENTal, the choreographer must have jettisoned anything locating this dance in a specific place (the Sahara) and autobiography. All that remains is "the hard work of angels"—truly hardworking Susannah Keebler and Mary Suk—and the two clueless women in their care. Probably better off for this abstracting, the hour-long piece nevertheless seemed listless and ungrounded despite physically confident dancing by Dessner and Nathalie Dessner and their aforementioned guardians. One remembers, mainly, the intervention of angels grappling with their charges but also lots and lots and lots of revolving—dancers spinning on their feet or rolling their bodies around the floor like stuffed sacks. With little dramatic rhythm or distinct, urgent meaning, the piece simply ended as Keebler and Suk strode off, each nobly raising a winglike arm before her, leaving the Dessners facedown on the floor. —Eva Yaa Asantewaa


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Jessica Reese Dessner
Williamsburg Art Nexus
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Ballet Jazz De Montreal
Joyce Theater
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