Catching up on Chronicle reviews I haven’t had time to post this week. Both these shows are over, alas. But first up, LEVYdance:
“For all the physiological complexity of young Benjamin Levy’s whiplash choreography, some aspects of LEVYdance’s sexed-up appeal are simple: He works with good-looking dancers, and he knows how to make them look good.
Continuing through Saturday, that attractiveness extends to the setting. For its seventh home season, LEVYdance has opened its own little nook of SoMa, an alley off Folsom and Eighth streets that plays village square not only to LEVYdance’s headquarters at Studio Gracia but also to the atelier of couture designer Colleen Quen and an automotive repair shop.
Wednesday night a nearly full moon shone above the brick buildings with their lovely murals and tendrils of trumpet vine, while three stages connected by catwalks occupied the center. The audience sat on two sides and in the pit created by the performance platforms, where a hipster crowd curled up on cushions, cozily nursing cups of mulled wine and hot chocolate.
A San Francisco scene, to be sure, and it was no surprise that the dance that looked most natural in these environs was last year’s “NuNu,” a dance-party romp set in part to a club anthem by Fabolous.”
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And then, Keith Hennessy’s “Delinquent” which, if you read the full review, you’ll see I found mildly disappointing:
“Near the beginning of Keith Hennessy’s new one-hour show, “Delinquent,” Lick Wilmerding High School senior Constance Castillo sits high in a sling hoisted by her fellow cast members. “Two of us have been locked up on both sides of the bay,” she says, steely-eyed. “Three know someone killed in the last month. Five have parents who have been incarcerated. Some have parents in prison right now. All have stolen.”
And all – so the hook of this Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Bay Area Now presentation goes – have been labeled “juvenile delinquents” at some time in their lives, though the most eloquent protest against the ways youth incarceration demeans human potential is a quick glimpse through the program bios. Some of the cast members have already graduated from colleges like UC Santa Cruz, others volunteer for the ACLU or study at major ballet schools – hardly the stereotype of underachieving kid thugs. All are honest, compelling performers, and choreographer Hennessy – a veteran performance artist and activist best known for his anti-fear-mongering AIDS rituals – mostly does right by their diverse talents.
“Delinquent” is strongest whenever Hennessy lets these teens and no-longer-quite-teens do their thing. ”
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