There aren't too many dances in which the performers use their backs and knees more than they do their feet, but Nancy Galeota's "Galapagos" proves that shapes can be just as interesting as steps. Dancers unfold from tight balls to create body sculptures, play crab soccer and go through any number of machinations to keep as much of their bodies as possible rooted to the floor while still moving. Unfortunately, toward the end of the piece they discover that legs can walk as well as pretend to ride bicycles upside down, and the dance loses its individuality.
"Galapogos" and "Tinabulations" (a cool, lovely, group dance that proves Galeota a better choreographer than Speller) were the strongest of the five works presented by Nancy Galeota and Dancers at Glen Echo park yesterday. Galoeta is still a better carpenter than she is a philosopher. Her "Chair Acts," which explores everything two dancers can do with two chairs, is so process oriented, it falls flat and "Flailing It Fine," a slight, pretty solo nicely danced by the choreographer, is pleasant to watch, but has little lasting impact.
Company member Esther Geiger contributed this season's blue-jeans-and-blue-grass ballet, "In the Planes," which is little more than its program note description, "a study in two-dimensional movement stereotypes," dressed up to look like a hootenanny but not as much fun.