Kidd Pivot blog Nov 22, 2008
The short of it: go see this show. If you love dance, this show will remind you why. If you don’t like dance, this show will make you say, “okay, dance sucks, EXCEPT for Kidd Pivot. ” Go see this show.
The long(er) of it: Kidd Pivot’s Lost Action was the first show that I’ve seen at On the Boards in which I enter the theatre hoping that it’s going to be a specific something, and it turns out to be exactly that. This is not a qualitative statement; I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve seen at OtB, including the Back2Back thing at the Sculpture Park last season. But every time I go, I say to myself, “okay, what the hell is this going to be? ”, or I simply memorize the blurbs from the website and walk in half-blind. For Kidd Pivot, I saw a few photos from the season brochure and read the description. I thought to myself, “man, I hope this is physically aggressive movement, not so much dance but pure physical expression, featuring multiple muscular men. ” I GOT WHAT I CAME FOR!
Lost Action blew me away. I’m surprised that Kidd Pivot’s work is seen as so original, because, frankly, I’ve wanted to see this kind of choreography for a long time, and I was enthralled to finally see it onstage. These seven performers pull, push, carry, throw, hang from, and chase each other across a red-orange stage with a red-orange backdrop. They freak out, they move in unison, they make noises, and they repeat. They make me wonder, Is this choreography done in counts, like usual? The movement phrases are so varied, so crazy, and so long that I can’t imagine them counting “4, 5, 6 ”¦ ” in their heads. There were multiple moments of complete silence, no sound from the speakers, only the whispers of bodies moving across the floor, and when a particularly acrobatic feat was achieved, the audience let out a collective gasp. The choreography is not just fun to watch, it’s incredibly human. It has an aspect of storytelling without dipping into either cheesy mime or music-video dance. I feel connected to the movements onstage, not just because they’re beautiful, but because I can tell that they are rooted in human experience and human emotion.
Keep it up, OtB! I dare say that this was the most straightforward thing I’ve seen in your space, but I didn’t mind! I want more compelling, physically-daring movement like this! AND EVERYONE ELSE --- go see this show.