Buffy Price and Annie Sailer are both disciples of Erick Hawkins and his student Nancy Meehan. The soft, nonemphatic tasseling of limbs and the easy, loping skim of the Hawkins style are imbedded in Price/Sailer's work. Beneath this surface, Price/Sailer hallmarks are a detailed articulation of the hands, rhythmic slapping of the hands and feet, and the formation of tableaux.
The dances presented by Price and Sailer at George Washington University Studio Theater this weekend dealt with a tribe of women who work at establishing a hierarchy. Various relationships among the group are explored as the women tentatively hug and link their bodies, and as they occasionally break off from the group, testing their identities as individuals. o
Woman in her roles as life-giver and life-celebrator is the subject of Sailer's "Field I" and "Field Ii." Rising and opening out to the world, the dancers embrace tne air, then deeply squat in a suggestion of planting or giving birth.
In "The Glowing Cage" and "Night Flight," Price also deals with a community of women who are bound together by inextricable ties. The group could either be supporting or holding back those members who feel pulled into the outside world.