Microcosmic worlds of ever-shifting moves, including twisting torsos, ardent foot-slapping and breathtaking backward bends, seemed to orbit through space on their own trajectories as New York-based Dance by Neil Greenberg presented two West Coast premieres at the Skirball Cultural Center on Thursday.
Choreographed by former Merce Cunningham dancer Greenberg, the stunning, heroically performed "Partial View" offered refractive perspectives on the human body in motion as four indefatigable dancers articulated and repeated combinations of movements, many of them seen in Greenberg's preceding companion piece, "partial view solo."
In that work, the choreographer -- wearing Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt, as if he were about to water the lawn -- swept an arm here, swiveled a hip there and beat the air with his fists in a 10-minute solo set to the (taped) sounds of an acoustic/electric harp score by Zeena Parkins. Shoulders dipping, fingers splayed, he was Petrouchka unplugged, his bent legs on the verge of collapse in this prelude that heralded the arrival of the extended storm-tossed quartet.
Prerecorded videos by John Jesurun, displayed on two screens at the rear of the stage, abetted "Partial View," includeing tableaux of bleached-out trees, a Hockneyish swimmer and gobs of stuff exploding in the air.