MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOND: MODERN DANCERS MAKING STRIKING FIGURES / by Heather Harper

The Clyde Fitch Report: Katelyn Simon

Back in June I experienced the insightful artistry of creative women outside of my usual medium. Striking Figures (subtitle: A Collection of Dances About Women) was a collaborative contemporary performance jointly produced by Harper Continuum Dance Theatre and Red Desert Dance Ensemble. It’s aim: to explore and to affirm the experiences of women everywhere, celebrating personal relationships, community and belonging, and the growth afforded by challenges and perseverance.

The performance, one of two given, took place on a Monday evening soaked by torrential rain at Medicine Show, an intimate black-box theater where I wouldn’t have expected one in Hell’s Kitchen. The first half of the program was choreographed by Cathy Allen, artistic director of Red Desert Dance Ensemble, based in Las Vegas. Collectively titled Not Far From the Tree, these dances were inspired by the vast and varied complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. In program notes, Allen offered that the work was:

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