Capital Fringe Review: ‘Bowen McCauley Dance presents: From the Ground Up’

What a great way to end DCMetroTheaterArts’ 2013 Capital Fringe coverage by watching graceful and talented dancers from Bowen McCauley Dance perform two dance compositions called Fire and Air and A Foot in Vienna in a program named From the Ground Up. These were two short but emotion-filled works that left me wanting more after the 30-minute performances concluded.

Photo by David Moss.
Photo by David Moss.

Fire and Airdirected by Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Associate Director Alan Paul, is a ‘new twist’ on Shakespeare’s final act of Antony and Cleopatra. Patrick Soluri has written a powerful score – beautifully played and filled with lush strings – that builds to a blazing ending. Bowen McCauley Dance’s Artistic Director and Choreographer Lucy Bowen McCauley (as Cleopatra) and Alvaro Palau (Mark Anthony) danced with passion, sensuality, and sizzling chemistry. Iris Andersen (Iras-Cleopatra’s Attendant) and Alicia Curtis (Charmian-Cleopatra’s Attendant) ably assisted Bowen McCauley. I was breathless (as were the hard-working dancers) as this emotionally moving work came to a stunning end.

‘Afoot in Vienna.’ Photo courtesy of Bowen McCauley Dance.
‘Afoot in Vienna.’ Photo courtesy of Bowen McCauley Dance. Photo by David Moss.

In Afoot in Vienna, McCauley collaborated with Austrian composer and visual artist Wolfgang Seierl on this multi-media and modern piece which “explores how dance surfaces effect movement. Working in Vienna, Seieri shot video footage of Bowen McCauley dancing on sand, grass, pavement, and a very creaky floor. Bowen McCauley created the choreography with 8 scenes of the video, and Seieri composed an electronic score. Everything worked in perfect harmony – the dancing on the stage was in perfect synch and harmony with the dancing and movement on the screen. The final scene is a stunner. I won’t give it away, but I hope you will come and see this riveting 30 minutes of beautiful and powerful art tomorrow at 7 PM. Kudos to the hard-working dancers: Iris Andersen, Alicia Curtis, Alexandra Keen, Liz Clain-Stefanelli, Dustin Kimball, and Junichi Fukuda  who were all glorious.

What an uplifting performance by this talented and enthusiastic dance company.

Running Time: 30 minutes.

Bowen McCauley Dance presents: From the Ground Up has one more performance – tomorrow Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2 PM at GALA Hispanic Theatre – 3333 14th Street NW, in Washington, DC. Purchase your tickets online, or at the box office at GALA. Don’t miss it!

Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) is an Arlington, Virginia non-profit organization with a mission to introduce people of all ages to the joy of dance. For the last 17 years, BMD has energized broadly diverse audiences with inventive and vibrant choreography around the world. The award-winning company is renowned for its spirited dancers, use of live music, and outreach programs for socio-economically diverse communities. For additional information, please visit their website.

Fire and Air:
Choreographer – Lucy Bowen McCauley
Director – Alan Paul
Composer – Patrick Soluri
Lighting Design – Martha Mountain
Costume Design – Chelsey Schuller
Dancers: Lucy Bowen McCauley and Alvaro Palau

Afoot in Vienna:
Choreographer – Lucy Bowen McCauley
Composer – Wolfgang Seierl
Lighting Design: Martha Mountain
Costume Design: Chelsey Schuller
Dancers – Iris Andersen, Alicia Curtis, Alexandra Keen, Liz Clain-Stefanelli, Dustin Kimball, and Junichi Fukuda



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Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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