Ongoing

Downtown dance is a kind of confidence game: The artists have confidence, and the audience is game. Miguel Gutierrez's new dAMNATION rOAD deploys his troupe of five strong performers in Christoph Draeger's post-apocalyptic junkyard. Under a lifeguard tower, Fritz Welch caterwauls into a handheld mic while Jaime Fennelly pounds archaic technological equipment as though he were Glenn Gould on a grand piano.

For 80 minutes, bare-legged virtuosos rise from the dead (Tarek Halaby and Abby Crain), tremble and flail (Michelle Boulé), and dance conjoined in a single zippered hoodie (Gutierrez and Anna Azrieli). Boulé, blindfolded throughout, mates with an electric fan in her fraught odyssey through the detritus, which includes a destroyed car, an old phone booth with a door, a box spring and mattress between which she sandwiches herself, and various sources of earsplitting sound. At one uncharacteristically light moment, all five dancers merge into a jumping clump.

Gutierrez and Azrieli on the road
photo: Julieta Cervantes
Gutierrez and Azrieli on the road

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Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
212.255.5793, ext. 11
Through Saturday

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This rOAD is too long, almost unbearable, yet you have to travel it. Desolation shot through with intensely focused action, reluctant to end, it tears through your head and heart.

 
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