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DANCE REVIEW : Duckler Dance Program at Skylight Theatre

December 05, 1989|JAN BRESLAUER

The pit-a-pat of a rainy day drizzle grew to an actual indoor downpour as five women in leotards slithered around in a bath of water and Freudian connotations just inches from their audience in "Wet," a five-part dance with sprinkler system choreographed by Heidi Duckler. It was the steamiest moment of an impressive if uneven bill called "Fall to Pieces" presented Saturday and Sunday at the Skylight Theatre by Collage Dance Theatre.

Collage artistic director Duckler also choreographed the brief opening number, 'Spinster," in which a row of dancers in long dresses stood in isolated pools of colored light, each beside their own hanging basket. They tended to the pendulous objects with resolute gestural movements suggesting the routines of solitude.

"Sight Specific," the "Duckler does L.A." portion of the evening, featured Collage's five dancers (Debi Albeyta, Cindy Clarke, Eimi Guirao, Aimee Levine, Laura Ozer) in print pants, T-shirts and sunglasses flopping around on deck chairs, posing and snapping snapshots.

Spicing up the treatment of this by-now overworked topic were interludes of text (by Daniel Rosenfeld and John Milton, read by Lia Sargent and signed by Mary Lee Sanders) between the dance riffs and live percussion by Bob Fernandez, Joel Hirsch, John Norton and Jim Snodgrass.

Also on the bill was Katherine LaNasa Hopper's "Rocking This Ship," a Southern flavored meditation on various aspects of woman's fate.

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