The sexy, playful, and gender-free dances of Brian Brooks Moving Company have been enlivening the contemporary dance scene for a decade. “My interest is simple,” says the affable Brooks. “I think of dance as a visual art form -- sculpture with the added elements of time and motion.” Just 33 years old, Brooks will celebrate his company’s 10th anniversary with performances as part of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City. The company's festival performances began March 12 and will continue March 13 and 15 at 8 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m.
Brooks formed his first dance company in his hometown of Hingham, Mass., when he was 14, without any training. At 17 he won a scholarship to study in Boston. At 20 he came to New York City and danced for three years with Elizabeth Streb, who was known for her extreme action spectacles. At 23 he formed the Brian Brooks Moving Company; at the same time he cofounded the Williamsburg Art neXus (WAX), an arts facility in Brooklyn.
Brian Brooks, Edward Rice, Weena Pauly, Jo-anne Lee in Acre
Brooks is known for his precise, demanding, vigorous choreography and his dances devoted to different hues. His work examines the concept of endurance, asking dancers to launch themselves impetuously into the air but also to repeat laborious gestures for an extended period of time with subtle changes. The dancers often resemble foot soldiers in boot camp or superheroes, but the mission is always team-oriented -- and fabulously attired.