On Stage: Dance into Music

Imagine dance without light — well, almost. Mary Miller, the local grande dame of site-specific notions, is poking into yet another Pittsburgh nook, the Wood Street Galleries, located just above the T Station near the Benedum Center. You may or may not know that David Rokeby’s sound installation, “Dark Matters” is existing there until Dec. 31. Or that you can crash through invisible glass or delicately instigate a dribble of water and more — it’s up to you.

So Mary found this shadowy gallery at Wood Street, dimly lit only by overhead black lights. She added a few of her own and clothed her three dancers in loose-fitting garments that made them glow ever so slightly in the dark. There are three alternating segments at noon on Fridays (free, but donations heartily welcomed) — Landscape, Pools of Sound and Silence and Water.

I caught Pools. By the very nature of Rokeby’s gentle sound beast, the choreography passed sequentially to each dancer, so as not to create, well, just a lot of noise. The movements, yoga-infused, went slowly at first, with each dancer in a separate “pool.” Gradually they collected and overlapped…but just a bit. Still, the dancers had the responsibility of determining the sound score and creating Mary’s soft, meditative world.

The great thing about this installation is the interactive component. That mean that any viewer can be the dancer/composer (it’s recommended that no more than two go at a time). Feel the power…

MillerDance will perform all three works on Fri., Dec. 10 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception to follow. Suggested donation$10. OR you can stop by at lunch for a 15 to 20 minute segment at noon on Fridays, and still have time to meander about the installation yourself. Hopefully you can do one of those. BUT if not, why not stop at Wood Street during hours (Wed.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking on the street on Sundays). If you’re lucky, you’ll have the place all to yourself. Admission free.




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