Astoria dance company celebrates 15 years with new performance
by Andrew Pavia
Feb 13, 2013 | 15522 views | 0 0 comments | 399 399 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As knives line the floor, the dancers awake to chairs and a table toppled over leaving the audience stunned. That’s how Skimming the Surface, a new production by Dance Entropy, opens.

The new performance will take the stage from February 21-23 at Green Space at 37-24 24th Street, a cutting-edge dance studio space in Long Island City. The work is particularly special to Valarie Green, artistic director of the space and choreographer of Skimming, because it celebrates the Dance Entropy’s 15th anniversary.

Green said that the piece was “about trauma.” The dance itself focuses on the difficulties of life and the way in which individuals must put trauma aside to deal with their daily lives. Green said she is looking to make the piece more than just a dance event that just a handful of people attend.

“There is going to be another component of continuing to work on the piece and doing lecture demonstrations with different community groups,” she said.

Her focus would be places such as battered women’s sheltered, she said, because of the intense trauma that the women deal with at those facilitates. Green said her goal would be to have women come see the dance and talk about the way their life relates to the work.

“We’ll have a workshop aspect,” Green said, hoping to begin sometime in late summer or fall. “I feel like there is something in all of us as individuals that we have experienced that may hold us back in life and we might not know what it is.”

The piece is composed of five dancers who use knives, chairs and a table to demonstrate the trauma and difficulties that we face and, at times, cause within ourselves.

Along with the focal piece, Green will be performing a solo piece entitled Secret of the Girl of Flowers, which will be making its New York City premiere. The work highlights life through a non-liner timeline focusing on the ugliness and beauty of an individual’s mind.

Green said that is has been a challenge to keep an artistically focused dance company up and running for 15 years, especially through an economic crisis.

“For a dance company to keep at it and keep at it constantly through the years is not easy,” she said. “And I’m proud to say I’ve never stopped.”

According to Green, the focus of Dance Entropy is to tell a story and connect with the audience on a different level from commercial dancing, such as you might see on Broadway or in a music video. Green wants people to think about their lives as they leave the Green Space.

“People don’t go into modern dance for the money,” she said.

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