Mimi Garrard and Friends
Demetia Hopkins-Greene in a scene from Untranslatable
Austin Selden in a scene from A Single Hound
The program presented at New York Live Arts on November 12 by Mimi Garrard and Friends was truly a presentation of Mimis mastery of the art of video dance making. One video segment after another in the presentation gave an insight into the versatility of the medium and of her aesthetic skill in handling same. Her dancers, Dementi Hopkins-Greene and Austin Selden, were both electric in their performances.
Mimis direction of her two dancers testifies to her excellent skill at forming motion as well as her skill in making video dances. The live dances for the most part were performed separately from the video segments, and only on one occasion in each performance did the dancers directly acknowledge the images in the video, which were indeed magic moments. Although I could have relished more contact (aesthetically and actual) with the video, there is no quarrel with the excellence of their performances.