New York

Wendy Perron

The Kitchen

What happens when ’70s conceptual choreography—linear, task oriented, geometric—barrels head-on into the flashy theatricalism that is the standard choreographic rhetoric of the ’80s? One satisfactory answer can be found in Wendy Perron’s hybrid choreography By bringing brain power to dance theater, Perron and her company avoid the glib flourishes of show-bizzy routines that now overload too many “experimental” dances. And by adding some touches of performance pizzazz to her formerly too-diffident dances, Perron allows their intrinsic kinetic charm to shine through their conceptual conceits.

This blend of the playful and the analytic creates choreography that is sometimes kinetically alluring, sometimes willfully eccentric; Perron’s movements and themes are like brainteasers, with an extra emphasis on the tease. Sometimes it all collapses into a muddle of mixed metaphors; the contradictions

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