REVIEW: Headlong and Keely Garfield Dance at Performance Garage

By Ellen Dunkel
For The Inquirer
By the middle of the evening, it all became clear that nothing was clear.

Headlong Dance Theater’s 1994 piece “Take 3” offered a humorous explanation of experimental dance. The piece featured three performers (codirectors David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith) wearing knit hats and headphones, each taking a turn to describe the dance they were performing.

Although the audience heard no music, each dancer called the sound track something different – Indian chanting, a seminal rock band, or the music for the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – and then individually described the same dance as spiritual, geometrical or “Judson Church-era” postmodern movement.

They could not hear one another’s interpretation – they were wearing headphones, remember – so the dancers believed they were on the same page.

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