Kathy Wildberger, artistic director of the PATH Dance Company, makes dances that are crammed to capacity with both frenetic and oozy phrases, showy leg extensions, costumes of vibrant hues, coy smiles, feathers, baskets, glitter and shells. Yet this abundance of styles and props can have a curiously numbing effect on the viewer, especially when taken in large doses.
Four of these works, all of them overlong, all but one set to the sort of mellow jazz-rock score that quickly sends you into unintended slumber, were presented at the Dance Place Saturday evening by Wildberger and her company of seven women and one man. Wildberger, a faculty member at Goucher College, is a fine, ethereal-looking dancer, but her gushy, mooringless choreography suits nobody but herself. The other members of the troupe, adequate dancers all, do as much as they can with the material, but they frequently end up looking stiff and unfocused.
The remaining two dances on the program -- Jeff Duncan's "Diminishing Landscape" and Juliet Forrest's "Caesura" -- had problems of their own. Duncan's l965 work, combining pedestrian movement and wonderfully sculptural use of black draperies, looked somewhat dated, and for the most part eluded the PATH dancers. As for "Caesura," well, just add it to that ever-growing heap of modern group dances about vague threats and nonspecific angst.