Australia's hottest dance company hits New York
Australian company Chunky Move is ripe for becoming the hot new thing in the modern dance world. When we caught them at last year's BAM Next Wave Festival--for a piece that had performers dancing in sync with digital images and lasers--we knew this was a troupe to keep an eye on.
Company dancers Byron Perry and Antony Hamilton conceived of, and star in, the work, which makes sense as it's essentially a dance performance about dance itself. I Like This features the duo as choreographers, attempting to wrangle an unruly company. Sometimes they stop and start. Sometimes they get frustrated with their creation. But there's always a sense of fun and improvisation that will have you forgetting the whole thing is staged.
Expect stunning movement, tireless energy, visual surprises (each dancer carries a handheld lantern, for instance, which serves as the show's only source of light) and an often very funny look inside the creative process.
I Like This ($18), April 6 to 9 (Wednesday to Friday at 8 p.m; Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m.)
Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St. (between Houston and Prince sts.); 212-431-9233 or www.joyce.org