Electro-Acoustic Recital Series
May 8, 2010, UT@Austin Campus
See the previous performance,
2009, again this year, only me.
Carol was under the weather, and Simon & Claire
went to see Leo Delibes' Coppelia at the Austin Ballet.
I consoled myself that their evening cost them about $60 more
than mine did regardless of the relative aesthetics.
19 dancers performed in 7 different works.
Weirdest was the opener: "So, I think I cannot dance" which caught
me off guard as I settled in, pulled out my camera and got it ready
for "NO FLASH!", its highest usable ASA, etc. I did a test shot of
the stage since it was closed and lighted. By the time I finished the
"studio central" picture and realized that THIS camera is way too
noisy when it extends its nose and again when it retracts. The LED
view finder was still too bright even when toned down. Sigh. I won't
be taking pictures. Better to take in the sights that way anyway,
don't you think? Yes... about that. I became apparent that the first
work was u-n-d-e-r way. No introduction? Well, about 1/2 way through
I finally caught on that many of my expectations (co-constructions)
were wrong. Yep, this piece was designed to be wrong!
THEN we got an introduction I was expecting.
Truly something different every 10 minutes or so! + intermission = 2
- "Ground Round" with Steven Parker - the trombonist as THE solo instrument fed back
upon itself with various time lags, but was not improvised, but composed
in detail by Steven Snowden (the composer for 2 other works tonight,also).
- Marvelous violinst, Kevin Mendoza, labeled as "Musician" by the program,
guided "shoulder-2-shoulder" dancers Matthew Bunker and Kara Newton. They
showed chemistry and had me looking forward to their interconnections. Usually
I just let the dancing happen.
- Alas, I was not impressed by "Other" nor by
- what I took to be the shows'
center piece, given the amount of text devoted to "**mappingDESIRE".
- After the intermission another Steven Snowden work, "Now", which riffed on outdoor
recorded sounds that was the most "electronic" so far. The notes say that the
dancers and lighting director were given a lot of improvisation to do.
- "Now" pretty much merged into Justin Sharp's delicious, electronic study
"energetiKinetic". The stage was turned into kaleidoscope of 3 intertwining
circles which pearced a CO2 cloud. Reminded me of "laser shows"
of years past.
- I was too taken the that last work to recall anything about "Past Clouds"
except it featured 3 dancers in matching costumes of differing pastels.
- The crowd favorite was "Insert Coin Here" with this accurate program
A pianist tyring his hand(s) at a musical video game (read: not Guitar Hero).
Composer and pianist Zackery Wilson acted out the part of a video game
player that played (and again, not improvised) the keyboard (instead of a
joystick) trying to "beat the game". Typical video game "music" surrounded
the whole time (except during the despondent gamer's exhaustion before
ralleying). Great idea, beautifically carried out.
- The final work was "...Next" again by Mr. Snowden, but this time
had 18 dancers! all over the stage. They almost could not fit on
the stage for their bow.
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