Marymount Manhattan Dance Department Fall Repertoire Program

Theresa Lang Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College
221 E. 71st St., New York City
December 4–6, 2008

A Review

Do I start with the wrong color used in the up right diagonal spot for the last dance in the program? Perhaps I should because that dance was so completely satisfying that it instantly dispelled the illusion of place and left me aware that I was sitting in the top row of the auditorium.

I had not been to Marymount Manhattan for quite a few years and was unexpectedly surprised by the versatile and superb quality of dance that the program presented. I missed the first dance because the mysteries of the NYC subway always seem to allude me. So the first dance I saw was Oh, Love Be Damned (danced by Pat Catterson), which presented a gay love theme, tenderly and without offence. Then I was treated to classical ballet, Variations in Yellow and Black (danced by Elena Comendador), nicely constructed and well danced. Act II opened with what might be termed classical modern, Polyphony (choreographed by Peter Kyle). The opening gesture was reminiscent of Murray Louis's ballets to classical music, but Kyle branched out, and I could see the dance for itself.

But it is the last dance, Tides II (choreographed by Katie Langan) that I shall remember deliciously. The opening, the stage floor covered with with flickering candles in them, their comings and goings and their final “splash” were all so wonderfully conceived. Ms. Langan is the Chair of the Marymount Manhattan Dance Department and should be commended, not only as a creative force but also for the growing quality of her department. She has brought to it not only quality but also great diversity and in doing so has found a home for her own wonderful creativity.

In spite of the fact that getting to East 71st Street is cumbersome, both Langan and Marymount Manhattan are on my list of “see if at all possible.” Every dance I saw is “seeable,” and Langan's work is indeed extraordinary in concept and execution.

—Ruth Grauert, December 2008