Wabi Sabi Enchants Again

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As a dancer, Mr. Gill is ebullient and daring with a touch of brashness, and his choreography has the same feeling of impetuous joy laced with a little tongue-in-cheek. “Idyll” seemed like three children on the cusp of growing up. The movement was full of childlike teasing with hints of developing relationships. Jared Tan worked under, around, and in the tree as well as with two girls, danced by Sarah Havener and Jackie Nash, utilizing some poignant gestures and unexpectedly enchanting lifts.

The sense that we were looking in on a scene from childhood was enhanced by the mud under the tree: all three dancers were covered up to their knees by the time the piece ended. The costumes, by Kevin Anderson, were lovely but unobtrusive, and the original score by Dede Vogt, melded perfectly with the movement. The choreographer’s sense of timing was particularly impressive. Any piece where the audience is standing can begin to feel too long, and “Idyll” didn’t. The interactions between the three dancers and the development of their characters kept the audience’s interest. I felt as though I knew them. The end was like the ending of a good book: it left me wondering what the characters were going to do next and wishing I could continue to look in on their lives.

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