…two men presenting dances with choirs over the same May weekend in Southern California — John Malashock at the Forum at UC San Diego, and Mark Morris at the Barclay at UC Irvine. Their aesthetic is remarkably similar and divergent. If you wished they could sit in on each others’ rehearsals, get in line…
Feathery light Ana da Costa was most pleasing as the ordinary peasant girl Giselle who dies of a broken heart when she discovers that her lover is engaged to another woman. Tall and gallant, Trystan Merrick gave Ms. da Costa superb support as Albrecht, and he inserted theatrical details to expand his character from a two-timing cad to a remorseful young man consumed with guilt
Filled with provocative physicality and adult themes, Malashock/RAW4, is known as the soft-porn of San Diego dance programs. Now in its 4th year, the hit series hits the Lyceum Stage Nov. 14-16 with daring and bruising new works by John Malashock, Michael Mizerany, and Andy Noble.
“In Limón, the line is balletic, but from a different principal,” he said. “You oppose constant gravity; stretch an arm in one direction, and a leg in the other. It’s classical Humphrey-Weidman opposition. The struggle makes us human. I am Mexican and male, but I live in America and share my life with a woman. Those oppositions create people, and powerful dance.”