Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ABT—Quixotically Entertaining

Say cheese! Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote. Photo: Gene Schiavone
The ABT principal Ivan Vasiliev soars so high in jumps that he arrests time to fit in extra tricks. I don't even know the names for some of the things he does... A triple scissor split jeté? (Although for once in a single ballet, more than one man performed an intriguingly named rivoltadea move is so complicated that I can't even describe it, but it ends by sort of vaulting over your own leg. Joseph Phillips, who shone as the head gypsy, performed it with even more brilliance than Vasiliev.) In his one-handed lifts of his partner Natalia Osipova, he balanced on one leg, which is not the most beautiful pose, but it impressed if simply for hubris. Perhaps even more astonishing is that Osipova soars nearly as high with quadriceps half the size of his, which resemble a bullfrog's. (As Dance Mag's Wendy Perron noted, the on and offstage celeb-ballet couple has been irresistibly dubbed "Vasipova.")

It's all great entertainment on the gymnastic end of the spectrum, and isn't that why we go, at least sometimes? Interestingly, Osipova will soon be partnered in Romeo & Juliet (Jun 14) by Vasiliev's polar opposite, David Hallberg. Obviously they are completely different physical types—one might even believe different species. Hallberg is a bunch taller, lean, loose, alabaster cool, and naturally floats into perfect positions; Vasiliev is coiled, compact, explosive as a powder keg, and brusque. And that's the beauty of ballet, which has room for such disparate artists whose characteristics and gifts can be appreciated on their own merits, but not to the exclusion of others.

And Osipova? Indeed, she hovers between the two extremes, the rare ballerina who can match the ballon of men, and retain precision when snicking through chainés or passés so fast that the orchestra cannot keep pace. (This raises a question—is it proper for the ballerina to dictate such a too-fast pace any more than it is for a conductor to make the tempo too fast for a dancer? I suppose the answer is that the audience gobbled it up.) Yet despite these gifts of power and speed, she can be delicate, lyrical, gamine-like. Her demeanor tends to read as playful and coy rather than maturely romantic, although she is still just 27, with many years of experience yet to invest in suffusing her technical skills with soul.

With the addition of Vasiliev, ABT's principal roster skews a little more rough and muscular. Several additional new imported leading men will dance soon and make their mark, including Denis Matvienko, James Whiteside, Vadim Muntagirov, Steven McRae, and Alban Lendorf, in addition to ABT-seasoned, but still relatively new to lead roles, Alex Hammoudi, Daniil Simkin, and Jared Matthews. None of these fine dancers should distract from the strong middle ranks including the aforementioned Phillips and Joseph Gorak. 

Newish principal women Hee Seo and Polina Semionova have huge role lists this season, as opposed to Gillian Murphy and Alina Cojocaru, who have a lot going on in other parts of the world but will touch down for a few shows (Cojocaru with Herman Cornejo in The Sleeping Beauty on July 3 sounds mandatory). The corps flaunted talent in Don Q: as flower girls, Skylar Brandt danced with effervescence and crispness, and Luciana Paris, heretofore best known from dancing the Sinatra Suite, showed a silken warmth and finesse. 

I've touched on just a handful of dancers, but there are so many diverse artists who deserve attention, perhaps in future posts. ABT may not have a cohesive style, but its dancers range across the diversity of humanity.  

Monday, May 27, 2013

Arrested Development, Quoting Pina Bausch?

Lucille, blowing smoke as usual. Tony Hale & Jessica Walter in Arrested Development
There's a scene in the second episode of the new Arrested Development where Lucille (Jessica Walter) skirts her building's smoking ban by exhaling her smoke into her son Buster's (Tony Hale) mouth; he then runs to the patio door and blows it outside. The first time you see it, it's shocking. The second, you think, well that's clever, actually, if squirm-inducing. The third, it's—Pina Bausch!

I doubt that show creator Mitch Hurwitz is quoting Pina, but they both followed a sight-gag formula that completely works. I think Pina may have done a similar gag with water being transferred from one dancer's mouth to another. But it isn't so much the specifics as it is one person's completely ridiculous servilitude, or debasement, for another's profit or convenience. In Pina's work, it's usually a man, or men, serving a woman, hurrying or contorting himself as she takes her sweet time completing an action.

Pina Bausch's Masurca Fogo
It also says a great deal about the form of AD, which succeeds for many reasons including the traditional ones—its sheer absurdity, keen observations about human nature, how family members can abuse and push (and help) one another, etc. But it's the rapid-fire jokes, both verbal and physical, that make the show what it is. You have to pay close attention or some will slip by. And by the end of an episode (now 30 minutes rather than the previous 22!), you're exhausted, in a good way. Your brain and gut are tired from work and laughter.

This was also part of Pina's great appeal. Each scene offered a different gag, or poignancy, or dance, or life celebration or test, and by the end of a work, these accumulated into a larger thing. The experience may be exhausting, but odds are your heart and soul got a good workout.

Friday, May 24, 2013

ABT—Short and Sweet

Hee Seo in A Month in the Country. Photo: Marty Sohl
American Ballet Theatre is, at heart, defined by its full-length story ballets, most of them classics done last century or the one before that. It's slowly adding new ballets, but the resources it takes to create a new one are prohibitive, not to mention the risk involved. But one of the profound pleasures of following the company is to watch its shorter works programs, usually reserved for the company's sporadic and brief fall runs, but gaining a toehold in its traditional two-month spring Met Opera run.

It just ended four performances of a combo platter: Mark Morris' Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes (1987), Frederick Ashton's A Month in the Country, and Balanchine's Symphony in C. The program proved to be a terrific balance stylistically and temporally. Morris' sweeping cross-stage passages chased Virgil Thomson's solo piano lines (played by Barbara Bilach) like butterflies, the phrases sweeping with longuer or clicking together. It balanced Symphony in C, a study of musical and dynamic contrasts to Bizet. Each of its four sections has such a distinct characteristic that, while abstract, its casting reveals as much about the dancers chosen as if it were Romeo & Juliet. Of particular note were Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes imbuing the adagio second movement with great import and maturity, and Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in the third movement, playfully trading ever higher grand jetés.

Hee Seo and David Hallberg in A Month in the Country. Photo: Marty Sohl
The Ashton, based on a story by Turgenev and originally done for London's Royal Ballet in 1976, was a company premiere, and a lovely addition to ABT's short rep. Its exaggerated costumes (designed, as were the sets, by Julia Trevelyan Oman)—frilly petticoats for the women, borderline garish striped and plaid jackets and pants for the gents—vibrate within the multi-layered set that leads us from inside to out, with all the metaphorical implications therein. The eight characters in this domestic soap interlock like a puzzle: Natalia (Hee Seo) and her husband, their son, her ward, admirer, and two servants. 

The arrival of a tutor (Beliaev), danced by David Hallberg, disrupts Natalia's status as the sun around which the household revolves; he captures the hearts of the three women in varying capacities, as the object of the ward's (Sarah Lane) crush, a playful companion for the maid (Simone Messmer), and a fully blossoming romance with Natalia. The dance passages are mellifluous and fragrant (if somewhat confined by the set), great attention is paid to echoing and complimentary lines, which both Seo and Hallberg have in spades. But it's the small gestures and details that transform a sketch into a story: imbuing personal objects with emotional resonance (a shawl, a basket, a dress' ribbons), the foreboding of absence and longing, the fragile network of human relationships so easily sent spinning. 

ABT returns to the chestnut canon with Don Quixote.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Onegin: Kin of Don Draper?

David Hallberg. Photo: Gene Schiavone
All props to Mad Men's Matthew Weiner for crafting a searing modern tragedy that's as visually indelible as it is dramatically. But watching ABT's Onegin got me wondering... was Don Draper inspired by the unlikable Onegin?

They both are ladies' men, of a sorts. Ennui is their middle name. They both have sadistic streaks. They're both control freaks. They tend to win stand offs, verbal or ballistic. They're both involved with letters tainted with regret. They both wear black and white with panache. They'll both die unhappy and alone, most likely. Hallberg has the hauteur, sang-froid, and beauty to convince, just as Jon Hamm does for Don Draper. 

It's funny, when you think about it, there aren't that many truly despicable lead male roles in the ballet canon (there are grippingly evil ones, like Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, the Sorcerer guy in Ratmansky's Firebird, and Death in The Green Table, all of which have been danced by Hallberg), but if you can think of any, post a comment. Some are caddish, lazy, or unmotivated, but Onegin is just a bad dude. He rejects the affections of Tatiana, flirts with her sister Olga, provokes Olga's beloved into a fit of jealousy capped by a duel challenge, and offs him. Years later, jealous and alone, Onegin tries to win back Tatiana after she is happily married. 

Joseph Gorak, also in Splitsville. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor
The rest of the leads filled out a solid bill. Polina Semionova, as Tatiana, has perhaps the most thankless dramatic role, moping and being ignored for a good spell, until she emerges as her happier married self in a ruby-red dress. Semionova has lovely, long lines and pairs well with Hallberg, but her dramatic portrayals could use some development. Yuriko Kajiya dances Olga with her typical delicacy and sweetness; your heart can't help but flutter and sing when you see her (and yes, bird analogies are inevitable. Happy birds.) And Joseph Gorak's impeccable technique and pristine lines are on full view in the role of Lensky. It's truly exciting to see talent and role match up so fortuitously. And how reassuring to see Hallberg back onstage after dealing with an injury last year that prevented him from appearing at Jacob's Pillow with Jonah Bokaer, among other performances.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Book recommendation—Kate Atkinson's Life After Life

Kate Atkinson's Life After Life is an engrossing novel tracing protagonist Ursula's life in stages, beginning from the moment of her birth. The hook is that Atkinson resets the stage at various points and carries the story with one thread changed so the outcomes vary. Her relationships with her siblings and relatives remain fairly constant, it's the chance happenstance or meeting with a stranger that pivots her life. That or the war, which is treated surprisingly graphically for a novel not specifically about war, particularly London during the siege. Ursula even falls into Hitler's inner circle, offering a fascinating inside view of the lure and repellance of the dictator.

A fairly sturdy doorstop (and a good case for e-readers), Life After Life is paced nicely with numerous chapters and sections, some quite short. Atkinson's prose is smart but practical, not overly British to American ears (though set largely in the UK). The one shortfall for me is the cover, which tends to place it improperly among bodice rippers. Highly recommended.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pam Tanowitz's The Spectators

The Spectators. Photo: Ian Douglas
Pam Tanowitz discarded toe shoes when making The Spectators (at New York Live Arts through May 18), a big decision as pointe work had been such a signature of her work, if inadvertently pigeonholing her and limiting a wider appeal. But the absence of the need to be doubly careful on those devilish toe shoes has freed her to even more fully explore her intelligent, carefully crazy syntax. Incredible dancers and collaborators all contribute to a riveting full-length work.

Tanowitz' choreography is stylistic heir to that of Merce Cunningham, whose work is more balletic than usually given credit for. Now with bare feet, and using Melissa Toogood and Dylan Crossman, dancers from his company's final roster (and in previous years, Rashaun Mitchell), the connection is stronger than ever. Meticulous classical technique is the foundation for the twists and refractions that Tanowitz adds, in the end creating a world of her own. Her company also includes Sarah Haarmann, Pierre Guilbault, Maggie Cloud, and Andrew Champlin, all fine, polished dancers. Cloud, in particular, has a luminosity and precision that accumulate through the piece.
Maggie Cloud. Photo: Ian Douglas

Recorded music by Dan Siegler accompanies the first part of the hour-long work, with trumpet lines set in a jazzy framework. The second part is set to Annie Gosfield's composition played live by the FLUX Quartet; it ranges from spacious to cacophonous. Davison Scandrett's lighting articulates Tanowitz's stage design—the wings are exposed and raked with golden light, making any dancers there appear as sculptures. TIny details are tightly spotlit, such as junction or outlet boxes on the upstage wall, or colored tape in geometrical shapes on the floor. Blackouts (and house lights up) rewind the action a couple of times. Dancers are lit drastically from the knees down for a spell. Tanowitz always finds ways to activate every nook of the theater with nominal resources. When the dancers lean or push off against the walls, it enhances this total immersion.

The vocabulary, as mentioned, relates to Cunningham, with square torso and extended leg positions, highly pointed feet, and precise poses. Arms are often held in formal positions, but the hands are flat, open, relaxed, and not curved into soft shell shapes like in ballet. Leaps soar and often are landed on one foot as the arabesque is sustained. Turned out fifth and fourth positions are favorites. Everything clicks and whirrs. 

These "spectators" relax to observe one another, and periodically look at us slyly. The exception is Crossman and Toogood's duet (for which they don additional layers over their gem-hued unitards by Renée Kurz), which is sprinkled with realistic, tender touches—he pushes a strand of hair off her forehead, they kiss, he rests his hand on her back. Cloud, in a closing solo, prances her way downstage on a center line, playing with a lit "T" with her feet. The craftsmanship in every element of The Spectators is superb. Don't miss it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Notebook on Bokaer's Ulysses Syndrome

Notebook on Jonah Bokaer's The Ulysses Syndrome, part of FIAF's World Nomads Tunisia:
Tsvi & Jonah Bokaer. Photo: Benedicte Longechal.
  • Based on his father Tsvi Bokaer's Le Danseur Errant et La Méditerranée
  • Contemplative, quiet, intimate
  • Dream-like, at times ritualistic
  • Pre-verbal, animalistic movement (crawling, lying) or childlike (step-hopping)
  • Some OCD type gestures, like rubbing scalp or grabbing the floor with toes
  • Tsvi uses his scarf to blindfold Jonah, who gropes along the perimeter
  • This imparts a hostage situation feel to the work, which never entirely eases up
  • Seated as if to play jacks, one slides his ring to bump the other's, making a sharp ting; following that, they fist bump 
  • Jonah stands on one leg and cants his body forward and the other leg hooks back, creating an amazing sculpture
  • We sense that this quite private artist has let us into his personal world for a night
    Jonah, a sculpture. Photo: Benedicte Longechal.
  • 6 fluorescent pan fixtures are suspended upside down like swings in a circle
  • The two "shoot" out each light, "pew," in a humorous showdown
  • Jonah dips his hands into the river of light that takes the place of the fluorescents, and you can almost feel it like a viscous substance
  • A pile of newspaper pages sit at center; later separated and eventually hung on the swinging fixtures
  • The soundscore, by Soundwalk Collective, is a hypnotic montage of found sound and utterances

Rain, Rain, Everywhere

Agnes Denes, Wheatfield, 1982.
It seems that New York got few showers in April, but Earth is making up for it in May; I'm drying off from a deluge as I write. Ironically, I was en route from the Joyce Theater, where artificial rain fell during Cedar Lake's performance of Andonis Foniadakis' Horizons as storm clouds gathered outside to wait for me to release torrents in a tempestuous thunderstorm. And yesterday I experienced MoMA's Rain Room, by Random International, amid an otherwise lovely day. 

It is part of Expo 1 at PS1, an exhibition organized by Klaus Biesenbach on the theme of "ecological challenges" in today's world. It sprawls throughout MoMA PS1 and takes as its theme "dark optimism," perfectly reflected in Rain Room. There are some smaller exhibitions nested within, including a fairly extensive selection of Ansel Adams photographs curated by Roxana Marcoci, and a smart group show—ProBio—put together by Josh Kline; highlights include Dina Chang's creepy Flesh Diamonds, pink flesh-like faceted things with hair; Ian Cheng's strange, intriguing installation of twitchy "live" machines inhabiting a tide pool ecosystem; and a flexible cloth of LEDs that received imagery of a CGI concert, by Shanzhai Biennial. A group of photographs documents Agnes Denes' Wheatfield, which at the time felt far closer to crunchy environmentalism than a last cry before development and terrorism swallowed up lower Manhattan.

Expo 1 also has the requisite ancillary elements of film, education (organized by Triple Canopy), a daily special dish by restaurateur M. Wells, and a "colony" of trailers in one of the courtyards. Meg Webster has installed Pool in the lobby, which basically just looks like a fancy fountain in a skyscraper lobby, and Adrián Villar Rojas has been given a ginormous amount of room for La inocencia de los animals, with a broad grand staircase where classes will meet, and rooms of ruins—columns and giant amphora—all the hue of dusty grey concrete.

Rain Room is situated in an annex in the parking lot next door to MoMA, complete with its own retro-mod, airport-style lounge in the queue area, which I guess is supposed to make the anticipated long wait entertaining. When I viewed Rain Room, people seemed reluctant to walk into the rain; perhaps to encourage this, several dancers had been deployed to move dramatically under the deluge (although it might not have helped that they were drenched. A word of advice—as you enter the rain, extend a hand forward to keep your head dry.) This project seems to work as well in concept as in practice, and whether you choose to participate or simply watch emerges as a key precept.

Kylian's Indigo Rose. Photo: Paula Lobo
Meanwhile, back at the Joyce, the small rainburst took place over a rectangle of red carpeting that the Cedar Lake dancers dragged onstage in the premiere of Horizons by Andonis Foniadakis. The piece began with rubber-limbed Jon Bond bounding across the stage, each turbocharged move tweaked with a contortion, robotic effect, or caffeinated jolt; many moves elicited gasps of shock. Pairs danced frantically on the rug to driving rhythms; a final twosome writhed frantically, life affirmingly. Joaquim de Santana crashed to the floor on his knees and shins, the violence exaggerated by his large size. The work purports to address the concept of finding inner peace amid urban frenzy; a voiceover intoned calls to action and ponderous observations. While the adrenalized movement becomes a bit numbing after awhile, Foniadakis  has a unique, daredevil means of physical expression.

Jiri Kylian's Indigo Rose (1998) suits Cedar Lake to a tee—articulated lines, hyper-pointed toes, a dramatic flair in every pose. Two pairs danced on the stage bisected by shapes of light, one dim, the other bright. A billowing white wedge of sail cloth framed the dancers; in particular, Matthew Rich, a company veteran, has matured into a riveting, confident performer. Filling out the program was Crystal Pite's Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, a well-paced concatenation of duets and solos by just five dancers, but that feels like three times as many. It has become a staple in an ever-growing repertory that showcases mostly European choreographers, and who benefit from the impressive skills of the dancers. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

New York City Ballet Throws a Party

Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck in A Place for Us. Photo: Paul Kolnik
Christopher Wheeldon's A Place for Us was the one world premiere at New York City Ballet's Spring Gala on May 8, but it was a sweet one. It was danced by Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, a current "it" ballet couple onstage (and off), recently appearing together in Carousel, broadcast on tv, and who I saw last week dance "The Man I Love," in Who Cares?. (This number was performed at the gala with a moving live rendition by Queen Latifah, and danced by Sterling Hyltin and Amar Ramasar with a bit less luster and passion.) 

A Place for Us is a tribute to Jerome Robbins, and fittingly, Wheeldon dots his work with nods and quotes from Robbins' oeuvre, including the presence of the pianist and clarinetist (respectively, Nancy McDill and the fantastic, felicitous Richard Stoltzman playing the André Previn/Leonard Bernstein song) downstage left. The dancers begin their work in a square of light across the stage (designed by Penny Jacobus), interacting with one another in intricate ways that exude a depth of familiarity and understanding. One movement is met swiftly with a different step in reaction, like a dialogue, and followed by a parallel step done together. There's an intricacy and plasticity in their shapes; you feel that Wheeldon understands his dancers and their capabilities intensely. He is deft at experimenting in small ways that push the classical idiom slightly each time—repeating spiraling lifts in which Peck slides her shoulders onto Fairchild's back, no hands needed; in another lift, she folds her legs in geometric shapes and braces herself away from his body as he spins her in the air, like a mobile. The curtain falls while Peck is pirouetting, a bold statement about her technical prowess and the assumed continuity of the moment, and about these dancers—this company—moving forward.

I felt the dense complexity of the duet contrasted to an early work by Wheeldon which opened the gala: Soirée Musicale, to Barber, done last century (!) in 1998 for a School of American Ballet Workshop. While ambitious for a young choreographer, the ballroom effervescence, canons of movement, and debonair air felt like a sure formula for success. It did feature a good number of younger dancers, led by new principal (and youngster) Chase Finlay, in addition to Brittany Pollack, a newly promoted soloist. You can see Wheeldon's intuitive knack for gentle characterization within an essentially abstract structure, and his playfulness with quick tempos and facile dancers.

The rest of the gala program underscored this season's theme of American music: "Cool" from the West Side Story Suite, by Robbins to Bernstein; Glass Pieces by Robbins to Philip Glass; and a segment of Stars and Stripes, by Balanchine to Hershy Kay.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Punk Goes Uptown

Duchamp would be proud. Facsimile of CBGB's bathroom ca. 1975, now at the Met Museum.
The Met Museum Costume Institute's big spring fashion show opens May 9 and runs through August 14—Punk: Chaos to Couture. No big surprise, but any expectations of an authentic experience should be adjusted upward and toward the trés chic. You'll see how the trappings of punk infiltrated haute couture. The incongruous presence of a "facsimile" of CBGB's infamous bathroom is a superficial attempt by the Met to connect with punk's baseline. Perhaps if it were open to use and functioned (or better yet, didn't)—it might make sense. It's even more alien than when the now defunct Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame branch on Mercer Street exhibited a CBGB building fragment.

John Lydon, 1976. Courtesy Met Museum.
Photo: Ray Stevenson/Rex USA
Junya Watanabe, fall/winter 2006—7, courtesy
Met Museum. Photo: Catwalking 

In any case, apart from some opening references to the roots of punk, where original items can be seen along with their high fashion inspirations (see John Lydon's sweater) curator Andrew Bolton's show pretty much sticks to its theme: street-inspired couture with a whole lot of black with shiny silver stuff—studs, safety pins, zippers. Substitute sequins and rhinestones for hardware and you're halfway there. A variety of dishwater dirty T-shirts treated with scissors and silkscreened or imprinted with defiant slogans or images. Leather. Handknit sweaters. Pleather. Slashes. Slits. Asymmetry. Off-the-shoulder. Patched togetherness. Painted fabric. Spiky hair in pink or black. A general sense, sometimes false, of outré. 

Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McLaren, Zandra Rhodes, and Katharine Hamnett are amply represented, and there are forays into street style by elegant houses such as Dior, Chanel, and Calvin Klein, and by less expected names such as Ann Demeulemeester and Miuccia Prada. Videos consume walls but are difficult to see at a close distance. Dark lighting and lots of shiny surfaces amplify the "house of horrors" feel. A series of DIY rooms underscore the ad hoc nature of the style, touching on "hardware," "bricolage," "graffiti/agitprop," and "destroy." And of course, music sets the tone, by The Ramones, Richard Hell, John Gosling, The Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, Debby Harry, and others. The show acknowledges these roots, but the dissonance between rebellion and couture is even louder than the music.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Petronio's Lazarus Trick

 Nicholas Sciscione, Joshua Tuason, Davalois Fearon, Joshua Green. Photo: Julieta Cervantes
Inspired by his title character, in Like Lazarus Did, Stephen Petronio reflects on the idea of releasing the spirit from the body. This is no easy feat for a choreographer whose work is so implicitly tied to physical daring, even after nearly 30 years of making work. He collaborates here with artist Janine Antoni, whose eerie "living set," suspended above the audience, comprises what appears to be a person on a stretcher, holding a buddy light, with limbs and bones floating above her. And providing a moody, atmospheric songbook, including some original slave hymns, is Son Lux with his band and the Young People's Chorus, who sing in the aisles and balcony.

Even amid these spiritual elements, Petronio must rely on bodies. Three trios in white tunics in cones of light  (costumes by H. Petal and Tara Subkoff, lighting by Ken Tabachnik) move in tandem in the choreographer's distinct lexicon: a step forward on releve, palms extended down and out; stiff slashing legs, vertically launched spins, spearing leaps. The costume palette shifts darker, arriving at black briefs with brown scarfy bits. One woman aids another; two men, supplicant-like, balance on one hand and foot while hanging onto one another. A woman is partnered by three men to create Rodinesque tableaux in between brusque tumbles. The musical dynamic builds as the chorus loudly clacks wooden blocks. Scarves discarded and more skin bared, the movement becomes bolder, more risky. A rope drops down; it splits in two to frame—trapeze-like—a guy who circles his pelvis before the curtain drops in a false ending.

Nicholas Sciscione. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

When it rises again, the dancers have changed to red sarongs and black tablecloth dresses. Sections repeat from the opening, but it's far more chaotic, urgent, and dramatic. Even if rings a bit forced at this point, it's what Petronio does best—traveling phrases that exploit the drama of skilled dancers moving really fast. An end solo features Nicholas Sciscione, reborn in beige briefs, squirming and aimless and with any luck, soon on his feet to speed across the stage in grown-up Petronio style. Like Lazarus Did runs through this weekend at the Joyce.