Understated Dancing Hints at the Heart's Wide-Ranging Adventures

photo: Robert Polkosnik

Elke Rindfleisch's Enamoured is an hour-long quintet. Slow, subdued, and handsome, it seems to trace the vagaries of relationships—amorous and the inevitable opposite—among its players. Nevertheless, it is essentially abstract. Its twosomes, threesomes, solos, and double duets emphasize long, sleek extensions of the arms and legs and unwavering attention to the weight of the body as it shifts position and realigns itself with a partner. Nothing is done without visible gravity of intent and an almost palpable texture. What's lacking is drama—drama in the "stories" faintly suggested by the proceedings, drama in the movement, which would benefit from clearer structure and greater variety of tone. As it stands, Enamoured looks too much like an illustration of Rindfleisch’s self-proclaimed pleasure in "the endless possibilities of putting things together in space."” A mesmerizing music-of-the-spheres score by Chris Woltmann—composed for the occasion and performed live—accompanied the piece. Ashaka Givens designed the delectable costumes.

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