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Bare Bones' eerie and fun dancing
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Bare Bones
May 23
Annex Theatre


My first thought upon watching the two dancers in the first piece of the evening - part of the Bare Bones performance/fundraiser last weekend - was that Aiko Kinoshita looked a lot like Alice Krige, the first word in female horror leads (she played the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact). I even found her at intermission and told her so, and got the most delightful reaction - a shy giggle - though she didn't know who Krige was.

No matter, what you need to know is that on stage with her partner in dance, Kristin Hapke, doing a piece called "One Leg Is Shorter Than The Other," the two kept an intimate audience riveted to the stage, watching the two move in jerky, often casually brutal motions that seemed to convey the innermost ways people are different and yet need each other for companionship.

Second on the bill, "Mama Ocean" brought another Krige lookalike to the stage, which featured Maureen "MoMo" Freehill in a butoh piece which took me back to the heyday of the dance performances I'd ever seen in the old Washington Performance Hall (which used to house On The Boards). At once beautiful and a little eerie, Freehill moved across the stage and into the audience at some points, trailing a silken piece of fabric like a ghost from some ancient Japanese horror story brought to life.

Ending the first part of the evening was an even eerier piece, "Sometimes The Name Comes After," performed by Paige Barnes with sound by Jeffrey Huston. This red-lit piece had an inner tension that always seemed ready to leap from the stage and turn into something nightmarish a la Akira (the famous anime film in which a strange child metamorphosizes into a living doomsday creation).

Then came the laughs in Scott Davis ("Men In Dance") and Martinez Trinidad's comic "Best If You Don't Touch Me," which had many in the audience, particularly the couples, laughing out loud. Using the music of the Bee Gees and Ben Benassi, Davis and Trinidad worked through a series of movements that turned the title on its ear, give it a spin or two and even worked at some mock sensuality that made even more folks laugh.

The show ended with two one-person pieces, "In Sleep," performed by Angelina Baldoz (playing trumpet) and Beth Graczyk (dancing), a frantic combination of movement and voice, and "And-Art-Articulate," performed by Jurg Koch, who moved like fluid mercury across the stage to a series of recorded voiceover pieces that were funny and thoughtful at the same time. The show, Bare Bones, was a fundraiser for SFDI, the 16th annual Seattle Festival of Improvisations, which takes place August 2-9. For more information, go to www.danceartgroup.org or info@danceartgroup.org.
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