“I wanted to make a lot of vocabulary,” choreographer Luciana Achugar told Gia Kourlas of her new dance FEELingpleasuresatisfactioncelebrationholyFORM. That’s FEEL FORM for short, and it opens tonight at Abrons Art Center.
As the playbill tells us, four women — Achugar, Rebecca Brooks, Jennifer Kjos, and Melinda Lee — will “engage in a psychedelia-inspired kaleidoscope that multiplies their experience and reflects both rigorous formalism and corporeal excess.” In other words, don’t expect some sloppy experimental dance bullshit. The group practiced for over six months, and we expect it will show.
For the record, AFC doesn’t purport to have any objectivity about this piece and it’s not just because constant AFC-praise recipient (and Sound of Art release party performer) Michael Mahalchick is responsible for the sound. Melinda Lee is the roommate of AFC Editorial Director Paddy Johnson, they get along very well, and have dedicated a good deal of time to discussing the project. We think that inside knowledge gives us early line on a great new piece that will literalize “the experience of what it feels like to follow a path of movement in the body“, but readers can tell us if they think we’re wrong tonight. The dance starts at 8 pm, and we want to see you there.