Brennan Gerard/Ryan Kelly’s Armory Show, site specific performance at Park Avenue Armoryhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/performance/armed-with-dance-moves/803/
The Park Avenue Armory has become an increasingly alluring venue for performances in the past few years, as the location for events such as Lincoln Center Festival’s Die Soldaten,Ariane Mnouchkine’s Les Ephémères, and now Brennan Gerard/Ryan Kelly’s Armory Show, co-presented by Moving Theater and the Park Avenue Armory. Performed last weekend, the company of dancers and actors, plus the musicians of ICE, inhabited the ornate side halls, capacious even though minute compared to the main Armory space, and bedecked with wrought-iron candelabras and sconces. The audience sat on risers watching the action performed in between two halls; we later followed the players into another room with a small Juliet balcony. Live, close circuit video was projected onto two screens overhead, so we were able to watch live the dancers as they gamboled in the hallways of the complex.
The cast yielded a treasure in Jose Tena, just a teen but equipped with beautiful long lines, speed, and crispness of movement, not to mention a suitably child-like face, appropriate when playing a youth receiving a lecture. In the finale down the hall, he stole the show with what seemed to be his own whip-smart style of dance, peppered with street vocabulary. A solid representative of today’s youth poised to take up arms, or preferably the stage.
Photo of the performance by Michael Hart.
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