Jeanette Stoner & Dancers
April 24-27, 2003
Jeanette makes good use of the deficit of performing in a studio space. The area is familiar, therefore safe, and daring-do seems doable. The walls are there and become a fellow performer, the supporter of leaning and crawling and climbing. The walls are in reality a sort of side cyclorama and should be used and respected as such. The low ceiling is a difficulty, possibly for the jumpers among the performers (although I was aware of no restriction on their parts.) But for the lighting designer it is real challenge, eliminating any down lighting and making confined areas hard to accomplish. Perhaps this is why we frequently had large areas of floor well lit while dancers were comparatively dim.
The costumes and properties are as well designed as the motion. Colorful or drab, flowing or static, just as the content demands. The sound and music, chosen and pasted by Jeanette herself, are supportive of idea.
All in all a satisfactory evening in Tribecca. Except . . . I would like to see Jeanette dance. She tells me she has been too busy writing. Will we be treated to that?
Ruth Grauert, April 2003