Volume 18, Number 1 | MAY 27 JUNE 2, 2005, 2005
Photo by Basil Childers
Tense Dave, created by Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin and Michael Kantor, is a dance merry-go-round that creates a startlingly cinematic effect.
By BRIAN McCORMICK
Three prominent Australian artistsGideon Obarzanek, artistic director of the extraordinary group Chunky Move, choreographer Lucy Guerin and theater director Michael Kantorcreated Tense Dave, a psychological merry-go-round that generates the effect of a montage film.
A circular platform revolves, creaking endlessly, revealing four rooms, one at a time, as they pass under the light of a single, bare bulb. Fragments of curious and solitary lives appear and accumulate in cinematic stylecuts made by cross-section slices of wall blocking out the light and related quick dissolves. Obsessions, dreams, fantasies and fears are exposed, obscured, played out. The walls fold up, come apart and are rearranged to change the frame of view.
Paranoid Dave stumbles from one space to another and becomes consumed by each of the dramas, including a dance for a finger, a cartoon violence trio and a musical number you might expect to see at an insane asylum.
Tense Dave is also on the bill at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, June 20 - 22, and in the Berkshires at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts, June 30 to July 3.