Until now, Morleigh Steinberg has been a member of the quartet ISO, that pop-oriented collective with a comic unconscious among other brainy, antic things, traceable to Momix and, earlier, to Pilobolus.
This weekend the native Angelena struck out on her own at La Boca and, as could be imagined, found a new creative persona.
"XRAYD," an extended solo, veered toward the surreal underside of irrationality that ISO had only briefly hinted at before.
And, while Steinberg enjoyed the collaboration of others here--Paul Chavez's sound score using original music by art-rock avant-gardist Brian Eno, Tom Kreuger's video--she largely went her own way.
It was a compelling way. To begin, she appeared in a huge swath of white sheeting--with one eye staring out from the artful wrap and no other part of face or body exposed. Watery chimes, in a minor-keyed scale remindful of the "Klute" film score, evoke an ominous feeling and fluid designs project against the sheet.