Monday, September 20, 2004

Kasai's Revolution 

Well, I saw 13 dance or dance-related performances this week – More than any other medium. Of those, two really stood out – Deborah Hay and Akira Kasai. Pictures of the rest can be found here.

Kasai was the true master of dance and he is clearly at the height of his art. Watching him perform felt like what it must have been to witness Glenn Gould perform in concert or Ryszard Cieslak perform Grotowski's Constant Prince.

The Pollen Revolution that Kasai danced was, for me, a survey of human gesture since the beginning of time. Very little of the human condition was left out.

I mean, just look at him. He had the audience eating out of the plams of his hands.

This was a truly grand finale for TBA 2004.

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