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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