It was a balmy evening indoors Friday night at the Dance Arts/Moving Arts studio on the Church of the Epiphany grounds. The action was lively, yet lightly cushioned. The dancing was disciplined, yet fresh. And despite the summer mood they shared, the works of the three choreographers on the program were varied.
Most impressive was Buffy Price's solo for herself. She danced it in the middle of a long work to Philip Glass music. Without literally imitating Glass' repetitions and minute progressions, she built on his use of historical allusions and serious stylization. The great women's themes of modern dance tradition flashed by: mourning, fertility, sacrifice. The solo does not end, but merges into an ensemble in which Price is joined by a corps of bayaderes in recurring arabesques.
Sandra Kammann danced, sang and mimed the act of singing in "Through the Window." Words, music and movement met on the level of high energy and expressivity, though separately they might have come from different stylistic worlds. Kammann, though, was the composer as well as choreographer and probably also the writer.
In "Window of the Woman Burning," Kammann toyed with the idea of symmetry subtly but just a little too long. Colette Yglesias' "Sunday Afternoon," to Copland music, explored the responses of three women to an atmosphere.