Dancing in the streets—and parks
Charmaine Patricia Warren | 8/21/2014, 5:18 p.m.
Dancing in the Streets’ “Dancing Through the Bronx” (Aug. 13–16) was a free, site-specific festival that sought to integrate modern dance for new audiences with the Bronx’s green outdoor spaces. Last Wednesday featured works by Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo, James “Cricket” Colter and Larry Keigwin. Thursday, Aug. 14, featured works by Colter, Toni Renee Johnson and Keigwin at Hayden Lord Park. Saturday, Aug. 16, featured works by Arthur Aviles, Colter and Keigwin at Owen Dolen Park. All three programs followed the same format: three consecutive 12-minute dances, followed by a cipher (a free-style dance circle with audience participation). The site-adaptive works included five hip-hop dancers conforming their hip-hop style to the park’s terrain, choreographed by Colter and Keigwin. Six Keigwin + Company members plus 24 community members of all ages and abilities shared a final work after training and rehearsing using Keigwin’s “Let’s Make a Dance” model. Bronx choreographers Adebanjo, Johnson and Aviles created dances specific to the park where they performed.