"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." Voltaire
"Folded" by Doug Varone and Dancers
On January 18th I attended one of Next Move Dance Performances at their new home, the Prince Theater. Since 1983 Next Move Dance has been instrumental in bringing various types of dance companies to audiences in Philadelphia. Doug Varone and Dancers presented three different dances. ReComposed had its premier in 2015, Folded premiered in 2016, and lastly Possession was premiered in 1994.
The mood changes in the second piece, Folded. The duet in Folded takes me back to a familiar place and a familiar time, like an old photograph. The promenade which these dancers skip to, in my opinion, contrasts with the darkness of the set. The two dancers in the second dance, Hollis Bartlett and Alex Springer, take on an apathy as if it was a dark comedy. The mood was dark and the lighting created a stormy atmosphere. At the end of this dance they stop at the front of the stage, and side by side they distort their faces by shaking their neck, and fading away together.