The Near Future premiered at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts as a part of “Vision, Faith, & Desire: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham,” alongside works by Winifred Haun, Ayako Kato, and Peter Sparling. Influenced by Graham’s use of stark and dramatic design elements, this trio is performed on a small square of white marley – acting like the strict boundaries of a gymnastics floor – and with a plush, red, velvet curtain, as both covering and cape. With the steady, building repetition of Ravel’s Bolero, the wave-like charge and retreat of the choreography points to the tricky temporality of dance performance and history. The Near Future is always, almost.
Choreography: Lizzie Leopold
Dancers: Melissa Bloch, Amanda Dye, Laura Vinci de Vanegas
Music: Bolero by Ravel
Lighting: Lighting by Julie Ballard