FuturPointe Dance finds levity through its reggae ballet [ DANCE FEATURE ] BY CASEY CARLSEN
During the 2014 Rochester Fringe Festival, FuturPointe, a Rochester-based dance company co-founded by Guy Thorne and N’Jelle Gage, presented “Unbridled” with photographer Carrie Mateosian. While the audience crowded up close at the outside venue downtown, company members Liam Knighten and Melinda Phillips each had a turn at being photographed by Mateosian while they were being transformed into other worldly, near-naked creatures covered with body cream and colored sands. The dancers moved in sensual slowness amid the flashes of the camera in the evening darkness. Meanwhile, the images of the dancers were projected in real time on a large screen while Thorne acted as guide of sorts, talking the audience through the event while music rang out and the audience craned excitedly toward the action. The performance was sexy, ritualistic, and full of swagger.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
10 CITY APRIL 22-28, 2015
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