As a dancer, Annie Sailer is serene, ladylike and earnest, and her choreography reflects the same qualities. Aided by four women and two men, Sailer presented a program of two works last night at All Soul's Church. Unfortunately, the meaning of the first, "On Entering the Waves," was all too obvious: that of the second, "Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light," all too obscure.
In "Waves," five women dressed in shinny aqua pajamas slither to and fro in wavelike patterns, sometimes in unison, sometimes breaking up into duos or trios. Except for a fast passage presumably representing turbulence. Sailer's movement palette is composed of slow, simple steps. The dancers' feet pound, or make slushing sounds, against the floor, contrasting with the gentle, live accompaniment played by its composer, Buffy Price.
"Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light" begins promisingly with Sailer, halfcrouched, rocking slowly back and forth, a picture frame held around her shoulders. The rest of the piece, however, is more concerned with moving piles of stones and blowing out a candle than with dancing. Some sort of secret ritual is enacted by Sailer, two men in varying stages of undress, and Katherine Beckman, shroulded in a long dress and veil. But exactly what ritual remains unclear, and the movement is not varied enough to sustain interest.