iMEE 2009SPENCER GAVIN HERING on 24.Nov.2011 11:00
Infinite Movement Ever Evolving at the Lobero Theatre
S.B.’s Newest Dance Company Comes Out Strong Monday, June 15, 2009
Despite a poor turnout for the opening night of their premiere, Santa Barbara’s newest dance company, Infinite Movement Ever Evolving (IMEE) hit the Lobero’s stage with passion and professionalism this past Friday night, giving the kind of polished performance worthy of a much bigger audience. Ex-State Street Ballet dancers Spencer Gavin Hering and Andrea Dawn Shelley were taking a risk in booking the 650-seat house for their first show, but the quality of dancing they presented Friday night went a long way toward justifying their choice.
Hering and Shelley performed in their own work alongside a stellar cast of dancers: Edgar Anido, Erica de la O, Adam Hundt, Paola Georgudis, Cristian Laverde König, and Lindsey McGill, all of whom flew to town especially for the production.
The show opened with “Son of Dust,” Shelley’s narrative ballet based on the story of the fallen angel, which featured her as evil temptress and König as the heavenly creature fallen from grace. The biblical readings presented in a creepy, electronically distorted voice were unnecessary, but the dancing was luscious.
Next came Hering’s “Dichotomy,” a slick, riveting duet for Georgudis and McGill in which the two women moved in canon, acting and reacting with precision timing, slithering and swiveling past one another against a soundscape of synthetic beeps and chirps. Their arms fluttered out from their shoulders like tassels, flapped bird-like, and folded into quaint gestures with the mechanical quality of store mannequins brought to life.
Shelley’s “Ivonice” took cancer as its subject, making the disease the invisible yet driving force in the struggle between two characters. In her subtly humorous quintet “Unbeknownst,” Shelley gave five dancers in tunics and coattails a chance to show off their stunning technique, as well as to play — vigorously enough that one dancer lost her tutu.
Post-intermission, the musicians of Bay Area-based HYPERLINK "http://www.stringmetal.com/" Judgment Day took the stage for some hard-core cello and violin, setting the stage for Hering’s ambitious “Dr. Developmental 5.0,” in which a mad scientist of a dance company director attempted to program his robot-dancers, using a remote control to stop and start their action. “Dancers need space and time and the leeway to do what they choose with those things,” the amplified inner voice of the doctor mused before tethering his charges to an electrically charged ballet barre.
Hering’s “Again” showcased Georgudis and Anido in a duet full of smooth lifts and unexpected changes of direction, and the show closed with “Collaboration,” in which the entire cast returned to the stage alongside the musicians, concluding with an abrupt, comic finale.
With their debut production, IMEE proved their commitment to new choreography as well as their ability to bring some serious performing talent to town. Their next great challenge? Filling the house.
- The Santa Barbara Independent
Dancing at the Lobero
June 18-25, 2009 Vol. 15 Issue 24
by Richard Mineards
For innovation and inspiration it would have been hard to beat the World Premiere works of choreographer Spencer Gavin at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday.
Gavin, 32, and his girlfriend, Andrea Dawn Shelley, former performers with State Street Ballet, put on an exciting and almost ethereal show with "Infinite Movement Ever Evolving," involving six professional dancers - Edgar Anido, Erica De la o, Adam Hundt, Paola Georgudis, Cristian Laverde Konig and Lindsey McGill.
Their nine days of solid rehearsal last month, for which they flew specially to Santa Barbara paid of with a most entertaining selection of numbers, many of which stood out for the sheer originality and exuberance.
Shelley's "Unbeknownst" to music by Tchaikovsky, and Gavin's "Set Up" and hip - hop inspired "Dr. Developemental 5.0" were of particular note, with "Collaboration," featuring all the dancers and "Hall of the Mountain King" music from Grieg's Peer Gent Suite, being a most impressive finale.
Oakland - based instrumental rock band Judgement Day, with brothers Anton Partner on violin and Lewis Partner on cello, definitely added to the performance panache with music as frenetic and entertaining as the dance.
A bravura performance indeed...