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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gallim Dance Blushes in Black and White

by Susan Yung

Bret Easterling and Dan Walzack in Blush. Photo by: Franziska Strauss

Gallim Dance's Blush, choreographed by Andrea Miller, transforms the Fishman into an ersatz boxing ring, rimmed by a row of brilliant footlights upstage. The six dancers wear elegant, stylized black garments, and their bodies are chalk-white, heightening the sense of ritual and formality while ironically disguising the title's action. However, by the hour-long work's end, the white paint has smudged, dripped, and smeared across the black marley, transforming the stage into an abstracted mud pit.

Miller's movement is informed by the years she danced with Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Company in Israel, but it is distinctly Miller's own. It has an overt, inventive physicality, which at times approaches the breathtakingly brutal, but it can also draw you in with a minute subtlety. The close proximity in the Fishman allows the audience to absorb every detail and be engaged by a dancer's curious stare. Miller's musical choices make for an entertainingly divergent sound score, from Chopin to Wolf Parade.

Gallim Dance, which presents Blush through May 26, is among the Brooklyn-based companies chosen to participate in BAM's inaugural Professional Development Program. Look for additional performances in the coming months at the BAM Fisher, beginning with Tiffany Mills Company from May 30 to June 2.

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