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Bob Eisen Agenda The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image

When: Tue., May 13 2014

Toward the end of Bob Eisen's duet with Kristina Isabelle, an untitled work he's reprised twice with different dancers since last year's premiere in Russia, I was touched by an impulse—at once amusing and alarming—to obsessively list English words with connotations of movement, then spend the rest of the dance ticking off terms, Bingo style, as their analogues surfaced. With pleasure, I imagined striking out every last adjective, noun, and verb in a long, vertiginous streak. Eisen's dance pushes psychic buttons. In fact, the whole endeavor reads like a meditation on interpersonal pathologies. Where Eisen is willowy and spry and wears dingy gray athletic clothes that are regal on his frame, the smaller Isabelle projects an intense tenderness Eisen frequently rejects. Their stomping, galloping, panting dance summons abstract images—sharks, soldiers, toy guns. Sometimes the dancers flex their feet and grapple, or jump up and down with excitement; sometimes they mirror each other in lofty double solos, eyes blank with total absorption. Continue reading >>

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