Friday, September 25, 2009

Blue Rider

Four dancers from Armitage Gone! accompanied the Brentano String Quartet last evening at the opening of the Miller Theater at Columbia University.

Leonides D. Apron, Megumi Eda, William Isaac, and Mei-Hua Wang danced in pairs with the second movement of Schoenberg’s String quartet no. 2. The music floated by. The pairs went their separate ways from it, as well as from each other, EXCEPT when the females assumed angry faces and made physical, ward-off connections with each other. The movement was brisk, with lots of very skillful arm and leg motions. The stage was heavily-darkened. The performers wore dark clothing, although the dancers' transitioned from dark on the bottom to gray on top.

The concert titled The Blue Rider in Performance was produced by the Miller Theatre and Works & Process at the Guggenheim, using materials from Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc’s seminal Blue Rider Almanac of 1912.