Baryshnikov Dance Foundation Presents;
THE SHOW (Achilles Heels)
Nicole Plett, Germany
Never underestimate Mikhail Baryshnikov’s
courage or curiosity. The Show (Achilles Heels), a new commission from
Richard Move, the 30-something cross-dressing New York cabaret maverick,
has given the White Oak Dance Project a powerful, iconoclastic theater
piece that’s made to measure for the twenty-first century.
Previewed at Princeton’s McCarter Theater
in June, The Show is a hyperactive danced melodrama, a bastard offspring
of the modern dance paradigm that defies its matrix with a heady does
of lip-synched dialogue. The action centers on Baryshnikov as a latter-day
Achilles, military hero and dallying demi-god, trying to outwit his fate.
Beginning with his powerful gesture-laden opening solo, Baryshnikov connects
with Move’s movement vernacular like a hacker perfecting identity
The work takes us from Hollywood hyperbole
and reality TV to video-game warfare and the macho military leader’s
weakness for glamorous gold bustiers and high heels. Sonja Kostich exquisitely
portrays exquisitely portrays, on pointe, the isolated hostage Helen of
Troy; Miguel Anaya is the playful love interest Patroclus, and Rosalynde
LeBlanc plays the Goddess Athena, game show host.Move’s artistic
collaborators, composer Arto Lindsay, singer Deborah Harry, and artist
Nicole Eisenman give the work its weight.
Two Blondie ballads bookend the action, and
Eisenman’s punchy backdrops make us feel we’ve entered the
Villa of Mysteries. White Oak premieres The Show (Achilles Heels) on its
European tour, wit performances September 26-29 at PACT Zollverein, Essen,
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