>september september by tammy l. wong dance company
>reviewed by ma shaoling
28 sep 2001
This seems to be a month marked by heaviness, and into this, the tammy l. wong dance company breathes life. Never imperious, never overbearing. They know their dance and that is enough.
For this season, the company brought back 'That Place, Those People', choreographed by Sean Curran, Bessie award winning dancer/choreographer. They also presented three Singapore premieres titled 'Folk Song', 'Goodbye, Goodbye' and 'Alone'. Together with acclaimed pianist Shane Thio, the company showed tremendous cohesion over the varying themes of the four pieces.
as the title suggests, opened the night with a light-hearted celebration
of movement and friendship. Fuelled by the energies of several young dancers,
some as young as eight, this dance delighted the audience as we were reminded
of how infectious folk music can actually be. As a patchwork of several
movements, each piece shared a pulsating rhythm, whether when all dancers
moved around in a circle, or when pas de deux and solos varied through
the dance. Transitions were smooth and the occasional slow numbers provided
a different flavour to the overall atmosphere. It is always difficult
to work with a big group of dancers, and despite some problems with timing,
it did little harm to Folk Song's genuine cheerfulness.
>>'Never imperious, never overbearing. They know their dance and that is enough.'
dance 'Goodbye, Goodbye' premiered at the 2001 American Dance Festival,
2001 New York International Fringe Festival, for which Tammy had to stay
in New York for 3 months. As a tribute to dancer Lee Yeong Wen, it is
not only dynamically choreographed, but also very meaningfully performed.
Elaine and Tammy's seamless partnership could not be better demonstrated
than it was here, for this proved to be not just a technically demanding
piece, but even more so founded on their ability to co-operate with each
other on an emotional level. On a stage strewn with flowers, their pas
de deux revealed a spectrum of passions, ranging from anguish to love.
There was a lot of pulling and pushing, and jumps that were initiated
with the lightest support from both dancers. Danced to the music of Ravel,
this was a heart-felt piece that inspired both melancholy and hope.
All in all,
September is a month to remember. For good and bad things, destruction
and creation. Some of us can start to forgive, and for the tammy l. wong
dance company, they chose to dance to forget.