I hate being told what to think. So, when Hofesh Shechter came over the intercom to give us a sense of the ending of his latest work at BAM, that "everything turns out ok," I thought: meh? But really, this work is magical. A little didactic and self-aware, but something about peasant-Goya-commedia del arte-clad dancers in socks with the ability to mime and dance small movements in utter unison was transfixing. The soundtrack didn't 100% work for me, but oh, I suffered through the maxed out volume for the downstage duet in the half-light: an intimacy that I didn't know I was craving.
This is really working: the unity of gesture and expansive vocabulary of movement. Shechter, Israeli-born and now based in the UK was brought up in the Batsheva company (I've never seen them live myself) -- one thing that came across was the joy. This is work, this is my job, this is joy: a mantra we can all aspire to.
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