Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
Pike Performing Arts Center, June 11-12
Reincarnation is a retrospective of six works choreographed by Gregory Hancock, 1988-1999. It's fun (and instructive) to witness his core style across the decade, and to feel the way dancers new to the company affect each piece since their original performances. As in all of Hancock's work, the fusion of music, movement, costumes and lighting is integral to the story he is sharing. The arc of this program is abstract, architectural and reflective, with a sense of detachment on the part of the dancers who seem to be looking into the event even though they are participants. Only in the "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" segment of "Monday Morning," (1993) were the dancers emotionally involved from inside the work. The effect caused a simultaneous wave of applause from the invited camera club members attending the final dress rehearsal on June 10. Hancock aims for accessibility, which sometimes causes him to be repetitious—his way of making sure we "get it." "The Song of Bernadette" (1993) was performed with finesse by Natalee Cooney as Bernadette and Sarah Megel as The Virgin Mary. Lighting by Ryan Koharchik and costumes by Hancock were sterling here as in the evening all together. Also performed from 1993 were "Book of Days II" and "Angels," along with "The Western Wall" (1988) and "Contusion" (1999).