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 13 2008 12:00 AM ET

But dance
connoisseurs will be most interested in Brooks's latest
work, Happy Lucky Sun, which addresses collision and
the attempt to resist gravity. Brooks says it is the
most extreme piece he has ever created. Although it
incorporates the reiterative but slowly changing
movements that have become the company’s trademark,
the dance has a different momentum, which Brooks
describes as “a lot of little tornados.”
Imagine a rugby game where every player is the ball. Running
around in a tight circle, dancers jump sideways at one
another and are caught, bringing jumper and catcher to
the ground, in a section which gets faster and faster
as it goes on. In another phrase, dancers dive towards each
other and are suspended in air by opposing arms propelling
the oncoming force upward. There are no mats to
cushion hard landings, just each other’s
bodies. As in other works, the dance’s cheery title
and furnishings become ironic in context of the
rigorous choreography.

Brooks is using
the visual art model to distinguish his retrospective.
The seats at the Ailey Citigroup Theater will be removed,
creating an open gallery. The entire floor space will
be used as a stage, with highlights from
Brook’s repertory being performed in colored areas
located throughout the theater. An exhibit card will
accompany each area. Seating will be located in
modules around the space, with inflatable plastic
chairs also available. “It’s designed for
viewing from all sides,” says Brooks. The
colors of the dances, like their energies, will bathe
the audience in a fluorescent glow.

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