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Traversations
Geoffrey Armes

Traversations: Take me There I belong Here

Traversations is a neologism coined by Marie Alonzo Snyder, to entitle her new work that skirts conversation, revelation, migration, multi-cultural identity and acculturation via four dancers of diverse East Asian heritage now resident in the US. ‘Take me There I belong Here’ is her apt subtitle. I provided about a half hour of music, much of it drawn from my already released Ambient Black, Spirit Dwelling and Stretch and Breathe titles, but with subtle revisiting and add/edition in dialogue with Marie to assemble a coherent musical and theatrical flow.

Unable to attend the final rehearsals and performances I really had no idea how the piece had turned out until I received a DVD of the performances at HT Chen, and actually, it’s marvelous. Ishida Keiko from Japan has crafted diaphanous hangings and billowing floor drapes into a three dimensional environment evocative of the wind and water imagery Marie and I had worked with. The dancers worked with, within and without them, and the movement was extraordinarily intelligent, as motifs came and went, repeated, evolved, soloists entered, and a sequence of crossovers pushed and pulled at time, rendering palpable the notion that it is, actually, in some way, elastic. So, the environment flowed and swayed, and the dancers became ‘only’ a third element as they traversed a stage that had become a single, interwoven coherent unit of metaphor for life in this world. Three into one. It wasn’t until some fifteen minutes has passed that all four dancers congealed into unison movement and remained on stage together as a unit, and this to music written in five. The final denouement was a beautifully measured wrapping and intermingling of fabric and movement. This amniotic instability was created and conducted with a such an assured touch, that surely the audience on the night thought that they were basking in an idyllic islanded safety even as they were made to feel the confusions, stresses and neglects that come with the journeys made by so many of us through life. I’ll post when it’s shown again.

Traversations: Take me There I belong Here

Danced by Kimiki Fukuoka, Meiying Huang, Kiran Na Paek, Marie Alonzo Snyder, Sets by Ishida Keiko, Costumes by Cathy Hazard.