A new dance work based on material by the choreographer John Bernd, who died of AIDS-related complications in 1988 at age 35, is the centerpiece of Danspace Project’s annual Platform series.
Curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, the dance piece the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds incorporated structured improvisation, a deep sense of play, a bold engagement with the audience, and a particular permission given to watch and witness.
Dance is a curious thing: an art form that both defies and relies on genre distinctions.
“Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!” chants the beaming cast of Faye Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming: Attendance as if greeting party guests.
I am watching a black man gyrate in front of me in a thong over gray briefs. A tuft of synthetic, orange hair peeks out from the front of the triangular fabric. His nearly-shaven head glistens as beads of sweat trickle down his face. His dark eyes stare intensely at us.