From cloying images of Hallmark cards to sexual come-hithers, the choreographic miniatures presented by choreographer Lynda Gattozzi last night as part of Mount Vernon College's "Spring Moves" Dance Festival were nothing if not varied. While billed as a "Dance in Six Acts," the work actually stood as discrete sections with little, save a blunt squareness in movement style, to unite them.
Most of the dances rested on the slimmest of premises. The exception was "Rim," in which the initial concept of balancing on an edge grew to include the general notion of defining limits and testing them. The dance was abetted also by the strong performance of Mary Buckley, a dancer of fresh and sinuous ease. "Rim" was the only work in which Gattozzi opened up her palette to include an exploration of the implications and consequences of her starting idea. In every other case, dances that began as slight conceptions were given brief and single-focused treatment. In "Lifestyles," this consisted of Gattozzi folding and refolding towels as Buckley furled and unfurled herself, joint by joint. "Uneasy Street" saw Gattozzi going through sex-kittenish cliche's until, with a change in music from raucous to ominous, she performed the same movements with a fidgety, nervous quality that changed their meaning.
A program note stated that there are 4,320 movements in "8!" but in their unrelenting frontality, squareness of phrasing and two-dimensionality, these movements tended to blur in their distinctions. The other works on the program, "Physical Therapy" and "Have a Nice Day (smile face, smile face)," started and ended as cute ideas.