The charismatic dancer Takehiro Ueyama formed his company in 2003 after eight years with Paul Taylor. Takè Dance’s recent varied program shows that Taylor’s shadow may always trail Ueyama, but as time passes, it blessedly lurks farther away. Two premieres by Ueyama proved to be the strongest works of the evening. An elegant Japanese sensibility infused Sakura Sakura, a contemplative women’s piece featuring oval-shaped arms and taut elastic oppositions, and colors symbolized elements in Black, Blue, Red & Green, in which the dancers launched into angular jumps and swept in circles too big for the intimate space. Wry humor alternated with mock machismo in the male trio I Close My Eyes, but the weak Tsubasa, to too familiar Bach, formulaically aped Taylor’s style. Kazuko Hira-bayashi contributed two psychologically charged, carefully plotted dances. Orion Duckstein and Amy Young, Paul Taylor dancers, guested in the polished cast of 10.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 8, 2005