It's an encouraging sign when the most recent work on a program of dances by a young choreographer is the strongest; all too often the reverse is true. Warrenton-based Laura Crowne, whose company performed this weekend at All Soul's Church, presented a well-balanced program capped by her newest work, "Solitude," set to Billie Holiday's rendition of that song.
"Solitude," a duet for dancer (Crowne) and chair, is a dance of mood rather than movement. Crowne completely captured the bittersweet coyness in Holiday's voice rather than taking the trite approach of dancing out a literal interpretation of the lyrics.
Crowne is at her best when she takes a simple idea and sees it through. Her endings tend to be abrupt and predictable but works like "Continuum," in which two women support, mirror and echo each other in a continual flow of movement; and "Night Water," in which black-clad dancers use flashlights on a darkened stage to create a threatening and eerie environment, show promise.
The only non-Crowne work on the program was Carol Battisone-Conway's "Bas Relief," a solo which allowed the dancer-choreographer to show off her long, lovely line and wonderfully self-absorbed arms.