Monday, February 14, 2011

Walther exhibit @ Dia Beacon!

It's fascinating to think of  the many seminal figures in dance who have been critically influenced by their use of fabric.  I'm thinking of Loie Fuller at the end of 19th century and her Serpentine Dance and Mary Wigman in the first quarter of the 20th Century in her Witch Dance, inspired by a robe she saw in a store window.  And of course Graham in her iconic Lamentation. One of the best movement performances inspired by materials is happening now at DIA BEACON in a year long exhibit of the work of Franz Erhard Walther called "Work as Action."  You are the performer moving  wonderfully inventive fabric pieces that attach in surprising ways to the body. You can also simply be a spectator.  Wonderfully sculpted images created as participants shape and move Walther's cloth sculptural elements.  Heavenly, don't miss it!   Richard Colton

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