Brooklyn-based contemporary performance company Carte Blanche Performance is constantly pushing the envelope and surprising their audience with their avant-garde flair and site-specific works. They are led by Shandoah Goldman, an imaginative, free-spirited choreographer who guides her works by the notion that, in her words, “anything is possible.”
It’s witty, sometimes even silly, but always engaging
Photo by Hilary Swift for the New York Times
...on a hillside, were two performers wearing illuminated paper lantern heads, one in the shape of a horse, the other a dragon. The lanterns seemed to dance and float in the distance....another performer in a billowing Marie Antoinette-style dress made of paper...whispers in your ear and asks you to dance... Ms. Green said. ‘I won’t spoil it and tell you what she says. But that was fabulous. It was so ethereal.’
Goldman brings this small piece of history to life again, with a large-scale site-specific performance and a few modern day touches.
They shout “Woo! The wind! Didn’t see that one coming!” as they intentionally lift up their skirts, revealing everything. They laugh and joke and blame it on the “wind.”
But two act steal the show. Carte Blanche Performance Ox Prowl features silent actors gracefully gliding around the other exhibits at Up Late. The glowing dancers capture all attention as they float gently through the spectators, undisturbed by attempted conversations. Several rush to get selfies or close-ups of the human fireflies, but their glow wards off all touches as the crowds part around them.
twirled glacially around the poles; lurched toward this window, then that one; and climbed onto a seat as if to escape through the roof.
Shandoah Goldman‘s duet titled “FERRUM” had two performers in elegant blue garb chasing each other through the gallery space, occasionally stopping to inspect the room or breaking into an athletic pas de deux.
In a performance choreographed by Shandoah Goldman, women in painted body suits and “lantern-inspired” dresses took on the role of their Chinese zodiac animals and were matched in a “dating game” with men recruited from the audience
During the party, a woman wearing an elaborate, eighteenth-century-style paper dress walks around inviting guests to write notes on her costume.
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