New York

Doug Elkins Dance Company

Dance Theater Workshop

There’s little subtlety in a hopped-up hormone, so appropriately Doug Elkins’ The Testosterone Diversions, 1988, began with a knockdown drag-out duet. Two burly male dancers in coonskin caps and biker pants caromed around the stage after fixing “I dare you” smirks on the audience. They slammed into each other or thudded to the floor, as if expecting to hit a trampoline. Movements that could have passed for “dancerly” they neutralized by wiping noses with the backs of their hands. They ran the short gamut of movement possibilities between samurai and linebacker, and the sequence ended with one of them bellowing “Stella!” Yet the piece wasn’t just another critique of macho—that easy target.

What’s body language to a tough guy? His life. In both The Testosterone Diversions and The Patrooka Variations (Conspiracies of the Seduced), 1988, Elkins’ choreography illustrated how movement creates a

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