The problem of content bedeviled the program by Diane Floyd and the Saturday Company at the YWCA's Penney Auditorium last night. All but two of the works on the evening's hodgepodge program strove to convey something beyond qualities of movement--a concept, a theme, a specific image or attitude. But none of these dances (except perhaps the opening "Flight," which car trouble kept me from seeing) seemed able to strike an effective balance between the prosaically explicit and the excessively enigmatic.
Floyd's solo, "Eve," uses the image of primordial Woman to evoke notions of self-realization, shame and struggle, but the modest choreography never gets beyond the obvious. The pat contrast between puritanical rigidity and sexual liberation in Liz Lerman's "In the Text" is also self-limiting. "School," a collaboration between Floyd and members of her troupe, does manage to suggest a particular environment, and pits regimentation against individualistic anarchy. The piece, however, fails either to shed light upon or editorialize about this material. The difficulty with Floyd's new group work, "Where Are the Dreamers?," is opacity--place, time, character and action are not decipherable from the wayward ongoings of the dance.
The two remaining works--Jeanne Feeney's "Spring Forward/Fall Back" and Mary Buckley's "Duet" were banal studio exercises. In all of this, the movement remained within the confines of conventionally eclectic modern dance, and the choice of music was generally dismal. The main bright spot was the dancing of Floyd, one of the area's most svelte and skilled performers.