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ABOUT SALLY SILVERS & DANCERS

 

Artistic Director Sally Silvers has an on-going fascination with the poetic as well as the social meanings of movement -- to offer a no-holds-barred exploration of movement possibilities often wittily tilted toward the eccentric, awkward, and unexpected.  Resonating from the movement are the motifs of risk, vulnerability, playfulness, and extremity. Often operating in areas between idiomatic dance and unconventional movement, the work keep its focus on clearly defined, if unusual structures for the articulated body.  Her meticulously madcap dances engage experimentation at the edges of drama, fierceness and hope.  The company has had a commitment to working with composers and live music from the beginning, & has performed with composers John Zorn, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Ikue Mori, Bun-Ching Lam and George Lewis among others, and has been awarded two Meet the Composer/Choreographer grants for projects with Bruce Andrews and John Zorn.

 

“ Bewitching … One of today’s most alive, sensitive performers.”

 Claudia LaRocca, The New York Times

 

 “ An inventive, refreshing  experimentalist... original, able to twist the human body into quirks and shapes that telegraph an inherent kinetic wit.  Her strong suit is the ability to convey an exciting emotional undercurrent beneath a cerebral formal structure.  ...an extraordinary display of shifts in rhythm and movement, Silvers’s performance is quick and full of extremes.  It is the embodiment of feeling.”  Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

 

“Riveting...Eloquent, grotesque and comic.  An inveterate classicist.  An unshakable strength of design and presentation.  Eccentric inventions with no ready outside reference, she concocts things that you can see no way and nowhere else.”  Robert Greskovic, The Wall Street Journal

 

“Madcap imagination and seriousness.  Full of small knots and fascinating tangles.  Plunges the viewer into a world of ordered anarchy.”  Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

 

“A genius for the unexpected.  Exciting to discover wild-woman art so rich in formal, even classical values.  Her strikingly original movement is richer in traditional values, like rhythmic and spatial variety than much traditional dance.  ...strange, dark drama, kinky moves, fascinating dancing, lurid drama, complexity of vision”  Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

 

“Silvers...is a dancer you want to watch forever.”  Joan Acocella, The New Yorker