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 dance segments shifted in vocabulary enough to defy categorization. Bits of ballet, modern, street, and military were thrown into the mix. Two actors, both with French accented English (either by coincidence or on purpose) narrated the proceedings; Marlène Saldana entered the hall dramatically, swaddled decadently in yards of gold and turquoise brocade (with nothing underneath) that matched the intricately-patterned walls and ceiling. She retrieved logs to feed the fireplace (sans fire), situated beneath lifesized portraits of military leaders (and, in theory, Pina Bausch, as a later joke mentions). A group of men in shimmering, armor-like bronze tights, and later regimental jackets, danced in formations evocative of military exercises, then later lip synched and re-enacted the kitschy pop ballad Total Eclipse as clips of the original video were spliced in. This segment felt forced and out of place, breaking whatever semblance of disbelief we’d held until then.