A Los Angeles treasure, Perez is also somewhat of an unsung hero. And while the octogenarian has never looked back, his past is deeply embedded in his signature choreography, and is, in fact, what makes him the artist he is today.
With 24 dancers and six actors, “The Art of Falling,” a collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the improvisational comedy troupe, the Second City, is not only startlingly original, but, in a way, unclassifiable.
As long as those of us with deep knowledge of dance fail to develop a “universal without which there would be no [dance],” ignorant formulations will fill the gap, guaranteeing dance’s low status and poor representation among the arts.
Dressed in tonal patchwork tunics and orange and blue felt cloches, by costumier Jane Townsend, with subliminal gestures and diagonal expressions, Garwood and Poole masterfully turned the insides of memories out.