Sidra Bell Dance brings Duel to the Baruch stage
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 17:04
Bell provides the eye with an explicit point of focus: one man dances in red high heels. She thus reprises the symbol of red to give a sense of the elasticity of the physical passion between two men.
In these two same-sex vignettes, we see the keen use of red as passion as well as action, confidence, and protection.
Mutual attraction resumes between a man and a woman. This composition relies on the same vocabulary of dance as she used in her same-sex pieces. Yet, the sense of space and feeling is different. Nonetheless, all three pieces display explosive detail of ardor and the hotheadedness of youthful passion.
Bell unevenly displays in “ReVue” an emotional steadiness of conception which, had she lacked control, might otherwise descended into the dissimilar and unrelated.
In “ReVue,” Sidra Bell Dance New York blossoms into flowers of the contradictory and contrary passions of humanity. It displays humor and capriciousness and fun that “Stella” sadly lacks.
Despite this, Bell has not freed herself from a good dollop of academism. We can only hope that she will do so allowing her immense enthusiasm for the dance can soar.
For general admission, tickets sold for $25. A single student ticket with proper ID was $10, and for two students with proper ID, $15.