Bill T. Jones' Serenade/The Proposition at the Joyce.http://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/dance-blog/serenadethe-proposition/770/
The text—spoken with forceful gravity by Jamyl Dobson—weaves more official and historical observations with Jones’ personal ones; Matteson takes the mic for a spell later on. Lisa Komara, dressed in a business suit, stands at a mirroring lectern to sing; she feels like a more artful iteration of Lincoln, more melodic and lighter in spirit. The musicians play below her on audience level. The music supports the show, grabbing the spotlight at appropriate moments. We watch Matteson wander onstage in briefs, letting Janet Wong’s atmospheric, scrolling video wash over him for a while, and then as women dress him, wrapping red duct tape around his waist as a cummerbund. Costumes can often be an afterthought, but Anjia Jalac’s inventive, well-tailored interpretations of Civil War era garb simultaneously ring of then and now.