Rainbow Bright

Choreographer Brian Brooks reveals another of his true colors at this year's 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival in New York City.

BY Advocate Contributors

March 12 2008 11:00 PM ET

For the last week
of this year’s Harkness Festival, Brooks and his
lively young troupe will present repertory hits from
the past 10 years -- featuring dances, costumes, and
decor from works designed entirely in pink, blue,
orange, green, white, and black -- and the world premiere of
a new work, Happy Lucky Sun, performed of course
in yellow.

Brian Brooks and Aaron Walter (in the air); Edward Rice and Weena Pauly (in the corner) in Happy Lucky Sun (publicity 92nd St Y) |Advocate.comBrian Brooks and Aaron Walter (in the air); Edward
Rice and Weena Pauly (in the corner) in Happy Lucky Sun

Included among
some of the work that will be performed is a duet from
Dance-o-Matic, the technotronic, bubblegum "pink"
dance he premiered in 2002. In it Brooks stands on the
shoulders of partner Weena Pauly, both dressed in
sparkling pink bathing suits and pink feather boas, as
they do a sidestepping, knee-dipping routine across the
stage to the song “XXX” by Peaches.
Another work, faster! (2001), is bathed in
orange, with an orange circle on the floor recalling a
circus ring. From 2004’s
Acre, known for its green horizontal
panels, the company will perform a section built around
running, in which partners use suspended lifts to
extend the running motions. And from 2006’s
again again, a dance about the absence of color,
the daredevil troupe will perform a gravity-defying
section in which dancers run up the wall and jump off
it, occasionally supporting each other as they walk
across the wall, parallel to the floor.

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