The NY Times reviews an iteration of Wilson’s “Moses(es)” that was reworked specifically for St. Cornelius Chapel on Govenors Island as part of River To River 2014 and remarks that, “the space changes everything.” Read on to learn why.
In Mr. Wilson’s low-key iteration of the production, shown at St. Cornelius Chapel on Governors Island on Wednesday, the space changes everything. The chapel’s crumbling white walls, arched windows and depth give the dancers pronounced individuality; instead of sculptural red costumes, they wear red practice clothes. As a result, the folds within Mr. Wilson’s dense choreography are clear enough to burrow into, as are the dancers’ nuances. Yeman Brown, for one, is a force.
Mr. Wilson, like a preacher, stood behind the pulpit, singing and creating an insistent rhythm by striking a wooden stick on the floor. More and more, the dancers swirled across the stage in unison duets, throwing their legs forward in explosive kicks and reeling away.