Sun, 25 Jul 1999 13:41:49 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Hey Gang,

I don't remember now who it was who asked, but I saw the new
Cunningham/Riverbed/Bryars piece "Biped" last Wednesday in New York.
Kudos should be sent out to all involved because the piece was often
stunningly beautiful and affecting. Paul and Shelley's projected
animations, most of which were various moving shapes with only a few of
the hand-drawn humanoid motion-captured figures familiar from their
other recent works, were tasteful, showed a healthy range of movement
qualities, and actually increased (oddly enough for a two-dimensional
projected medium) my experience of the three-dimensionality of the live
performing space. Not all of their images worked (I'm thinking in
particular of some white bubble-like floating shapes that seemed
inconsistent with the tone of the elements that preceded and followed),
but, in all, I thought that their work, and its role within the larger
collaborative effort of the dance, music, lighting and projection, was
really fine. That said, I think it reflects my own biases that I thought
Cunningham's movement for the piece did not need all the trappings of
multimedia to create its magic. The choreography was stunning and often
deeply moving, probably Cunningham's most passionate (a word not often
used in conjunction with Merce) work. Take any opportunity you can to
see it live. It will never survive on video, particularly because video
doesn't have the light sensitivity range to pick up the projections and
the dancers at the same time. Take care out there, KD