For Bidden We Come, the Lara Wilson Dance Project
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to witness a rehearsal for the Lara Wilson Dance Project’snew evening-length work entitled For Bidden We Come, to have its world premier at Galapagos Art Space on November 8th. This will be Ms. Wilson
first evening long piece and is a collaborative work in which everyone involved, dancers, choreographer, lighting designer, prop designer, graphic designer, costume designer, sound designer, and videographer are all 25 and under.
For Bidden We Come depicts the evolution of shame in the feminine psyche. The piece examines the solo and shared relationships of its five performers, which in turn explores loneliness, regret and the pursuits entailed in getting to know one’s self.
Ms. Wilson’s movement comes from an organic place but at the same times exhibits a deep cerebral process. The choreography is made up of movement that has a relaxed quality and easy feel. For Bidden We Come begins playfully,“Empty Set” is a balloon solo for Sara Genoves-Sylvan. Ms. Genoves-Sylvan begins with her nose to the balloon and it escalates to a more dynamic relationship, as if frustration and aggravation are being released upon the balloon. I found myself smiling throughout and making me intrigued and curious.
Byron Roman and Abbe Ouziel, in “Regret, A Duet”, are wrestling with the duality of an interpersonal relationship, a struggle for dominance, with neither giving in. Mr. Roman expects his traditional role of masculine authority to be understood and accepted, while Ms. Ouziel questions the patriarchal expectations of Mr. Roman and does not except the rational of the supposed status quo. It is well danced with precise technique and deep feeling.
Ms. Wilson has interspersed her dance with very small movements that are so important and vital for emphasis. Two fingers drawing an arch on the floor by dancers while in a prone position, also the occasional touching of face or slapping of hands or a body part. There are significant pauses or moments of stillness and other times elements of controlled chaos, all of which are essential. In all, it keeps the eye trained to the dancers, expectantly looking forward to the next movement.
It times I found the piece to go from intense romanticism to the innocence of child’s play. There is something reminiscent of the great romantic ballets of the past, almost an ode to. There are sections of the dance that brought to mind the imagery Nijinsky’s L’après-midi d’un faune. Ms. Wilson use of diagonal body positions while moving and in the placement of the hands and feet that made me think that if Nijinsky had a grand-daughter it would be Lara Wilson!
Originally from Michigan, Lara Wilson has studied at the School at Jacob’s Pillow, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Taylor School, learning and performing repertory by Robert Battle, Elisa Monte, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, and Paul Taylor. She graduated summa cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, where she completed a thesis in Choreography under the mentorship of Kazuko Hirabayashi and Joanna Mendl-Shaw as well as a minor in Women’s Studies.
Lara Wilson Dance Project is fiscally sponsored by The Field, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions to Lara Wilson through The Field are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013, (212) 691-6969, fax: (212) 255-2053. A copy of The Field’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from The Field or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
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For Bidden We Come
Choreography by Lara Wilson
Sara Genoves-Sylvan, Byron Roman, Abbe Ouziel,
Fana Fraser, Collin Heyward
Doors open 7 PM
Performance at 8 PM
Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Galapagos Art Space is located at the corner of Main St and Water St in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Take the F to York, the A/C to High, or the 2/3 to Clark. Also accessible by the East River Ferry to the Fulton Ferry Landing stop in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Gloved, A new work by Lara Wilson
Choreography by Lara Wilson
Directed by Jonah Einstein
Danced by Sara Genoves-Sylvan and Marquet K. Lee
Produced by Mike Townsend; special thanks to Jeremy Schaller
Music by Louis Armstrong and Dmitri Shostakovich