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Sarah Michelson, Devotion, 2010. Performance view, 2011. Jim Fletcher (Adam) and Eleanor Hullihan (Eve).

Sarah Michelson

The Kitchen

Sarah Michelson, Devotion, 2010. Performance view, 2011. Jim Fletcher (Adam) and Eleanor Hullihan (Eve).

It’s a bit like Sarah Michelson has taken the carcass of dance and reanimated it via some sort of highly personal transvaluation machine, an apparatus powered not by a storm but by rakish lighting and thunderous music. But this makes the result sound like a monster rather than what it really is: a second chance. After all, what can you really do after the Fall except produce new children and hope that they turn out better than we did?

This, anyway, is one thing I took from the premiere of Michelson’s latest piece at the Kitchen in New York. And there were many things to take (how many things she took). I loved how she sat with the audience, reading into a microphone (“Chapter One: Before the dawn on the Earth’s ninth day, the crisp green gold of leaves and wood vital and pleasures infinite…”) as her dancing “Narrator,” Rebecca Warren, walked onstage through the doors to the lobby.

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