Like silent-film stars facing the onslaught of talkies, dancers who want to extend their careers must learn how to talk as well as move. Jackie Planeix and Tom Crocker, also known as Blue Palm, are former Bejart dancers who now perform with their voices--and their microphones--as well as their bodies.
Their "Dance Talks!," presented by Pipeline at the Saxon-Lee Gallery, combines sinuous movement with beat-style poetry on the subject of--what else?--dance, and the struggle of dancers' minds to be heard over the music of their muscles. Not everything in it is crystal clear, but just about everything in it is engaging.
In the first half of the program, the duo wears feline tails behind flamboyant red outfits, and the 11 short pieces emphasize the animalistic heartbeat of dance.
Planeix claims that she found her vocation (dance) while performing a pas de deux with an aroused gorilla in a Sri Lankan zoo. Crocker sings a haunting little number about dance as a force of nature. One piece, "Speak Dancer Speak," illustrates the difficulty of doing what the title prescribes.