Tuesday, January 4, 2011
STEVE REICH AND DANCE
Minimalism certainly has caused a maximal amount of controversy, both for and against in the 50 or so years it has been around. It is, without a doubt,a music of movement and energy, so it is no wonder that choreographers and dancers are so drawn to it. It certainly is also capable of great emotional thrust . Steve Reich (website), for me exhibits a blend of austerity, spirituality, and rhythm that is African in essence without sounding African.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (info) has created a beautiful series of dances to Reich's music. It is a chance to experience a seamless blend of two arts acting as one.