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Review: Against the Wall / Bartosik and Crossman share a program in a confined space

ARTS JOURNAL
By DEBORAH JOWITT
MAY 23, 2015

Kimberly Bartosik, Dylan Crossman, and Melissa Toogood all danced in Merce Cunningham’s company—Bartosik for nine years a few decades ago, Crossman and Toogood in the company that was finally disbanded in 2011. What perhaps should not surprise us is the emotional resonance and implications of drama that imbue the works that Bartosik and Crossman premiered on their shared program at Abrons Art Center (part of a series, Travelogues, curated by Laurie Uprichard), and which affect all the works by Bartosik that I’ve seen. After the three had lived through so many years of being warned that (despite some evidence) no stories were being told in a Cunningham dance and that the movement was the meaning, any urges toward narrative must have huddled in each one’s subconscious like a ticking time bomb.

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Review: New dances by Bartosik and Crossman at Abrons

INFINITE BODY
By EVA YAA ASANTEWAA
MAY 21, 2015

In a human environment, propulsion--willed by the self or coerced by outside forces--means you're bound to stray through someone's airspace, run up against another body and do damage. Kimberly Bartosik creates that supercharged, contested, treacherous space in her world premiere ensemble, Ecsteriority4 (Part 2), a trio for Dylan Crossman, Melissa Toogood and Marc Mann.

Crossman and Toogood, like Bartosik, had distinguished careers with Merce Cunningham. Guyana-born Mann has his own illustrious history, including Principal and Soloist roles in the Martha Graham Dance Company and work with Bill T. Jones and Susan Marshall. While handsomely sleek, nimble in force and timing, these three performers share a reckless drive in Ecsteriority4 (Part 2). They are up for anything.

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