Real and Imaginary Numbers: Not something you see in math class
By biconews On 15 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Catherine Song

The Tabitha Performance Group presented “Real and Imaginary Numbers: The Autobiography of the Psyche,” a surreal and dark modern dance performance choreographed by Jessica Honig on Friday, Feb. 4, in Goodhart Hall.

Dancer Rachel Landers began the performance chanting a Hebrew word from underneath a piece of furniture, all while flipping the pages of what must have been a Bible.

From there the performance left the bounds of the easily recognizable. For the next 30 minutes Honig moved her dancers around the stage in several dream sequences that amounted to an amalgam of the perfunctory events of our everyday lives, and the randomness and wit of a dream.

Math would seem to be central to the performance with each short “chapter” hearing names such as “Irrationals,” and “The Empty Set [].” But the power of the performance resided in the ability of the dancers to bring together what at times would seem completely unrelated and random imagery into a coherent whole.

One favorite chapters [sic] was “Irrationals,” in which the dancers swayed their bodies with harsh jerks and walked around the stage in a random manner. The scene ended as the dancers gathered at the center of the stage and continued their random, jerky movements: it reminded one of a cell on the verge of explosion.

Another memorable chapter was “The Midpoint Minus Something,” which featured Cassie Chow, Alison d’Amato, Rachel Landers and Jessica Honig. The first three women danced around slowly, swaying lightly and holding each other while munching on apples in a sate of seduction, confusion and insatiable hunger.

Meanwhile, Jessica was dashing across the stage, doing what could be called a “madwalk,” which brought a vein of humor to the choreography.

In the final chapter, “The Completeness Axiom… ,” a dancer slipped into a bathtub, and other dancers stepped gracefully over the her, gathering in a twitching mass of flesh on the other side.

Throughout the show Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork’s music proved to be a dynamic and diverse background for the performances.

In all, “Real and Imaginary Numbers” was a very abstract performance that showed the grace and humor of modern dance. Encore!

With Joseph Badtke-Berkow, Managing Editor

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