2008 / Duet / 7 min.
Premiere: DanceNOW NYC Festival at Dance Theater Workshop : New York, NY
Performers: Deborah Lohse and Eva Barnett
Music: Max Richter
Costumes: Deborah Lohse
Lighting: Julie Ana Dobo and Eva Barnett
Photos: Steven Schreiber
A video camera relentlessly pursues a woman in an attempt to coerce her to give away what has not already been taken from her.
The most hauntingly beautiful piece of the year and possibly much longer was Deborah Lohse’s to bloom. A troubled figure moves large and fluid in silo upstage to sweet string music by Max Richter and eventually makes its way downstage in near darkness. What looks like a child holding a lantern very slowly follows the same line and turns out to be a videographer with a weak camera lamp, eventually revealing the nudity of Lohse, the mysterious dancing figure. The troubled quality of the movement and the invasiveness of the tiny light circling and inspecting the vulnerable mover create a fascinating tension. – Quinn Batson, offoffoff.com
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