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This Week in Dance: Quartet with Three Gay Men & a Really Queer Dance with Harps

photo of Dance by Neil Greenberg by Erin Baiano
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Recently relocated to Riverside from New York City, acclaimed postmodern choreographer Neil Greenberg brings his company to REDCAT this week (ONLY Wednesday through Friday nights) to present Really Queer Dance with Harps. A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Greenberg has been awarded many honors (including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Bessie Award) and is now on the faculty of UC Riverside's Experimental Choreography Program.

Really Queer Dance with Harps is performed by 4 men and 4 women to a vivid live score for three harps composed by electric harp pioneer and multi-award winning composer Zeena Parkins. The piece refrains from censoring repressed movement--"excessive," "flamboyant," "ambiguous," "illegible"--and instead revels in choreographic choices both queer and Queer.

Also on the program is Quartet with Three Gay Men which explores our construction of meaning from the data we perceive by holding together the aesthetic object of the dance and the conceptual discourse embedded in the title. Yikes! Sounds a little heady, but the youtube clip below shows some great dancing and an interesting score (Ru Paul and more Zeena Parkins)! Promotional materials say that both works set out to uncover the subtle traces of lived experience and the stories carried within the bodies of the dancers.

Now, I can't promise that the evening will reveal all that, but it looks like it'll be more than a memorable night downtown. Having seen his 2005 Partial View in LA and some of his earlier work, I can attest to his titles bringing up politically provocative responses and his craftsmanship taking that charge and making it dance!