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Walk in Progress (2001)
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Co-choreographed with New York choreographer, Seán Curran
Video by Antony Flackett
Live bass by John Clark
Live performance by Kramer with Curran on recorded Video.
Seán Curran and I wanted to make a duet that celebrates our friendship. He directs a high powered dance company that often tours so it was not easy for him to be available for lots of rehearsals and even less so for performances. So I came up with the idea of partnering each other with me live on stage and Seán in life size video projection. The piece developed in such a way that we both appear on video first and then surprise the audience by our half live/half video relationship. Antony Flackett’s unique editing style underlines the humor in the piece.
"The highlight of the evening was Walk in Progress ...It's a wonder of media-mixing that explores, both thematically and technically, the distinction between illusion and reality: Curran and Kramer dance alone and together as projections. Kramer, live, teams up with the celluloid Curran. Their steps, literally worlds apart, are so in sync that he can actually bump her away with his derriere and send her flying...But there's more here than meets the eye; there's a story (in fact, two) that meets the heart. Walking - and the inability to walk - becomes a metaphor for risk and change."
--Thea Singer, The Boston Globe, Sept. 22, 2003
"Unlike some many-pronged would-be extravaganzas, this one turned out to be modest and satisfying, And even original. For the first part of the dance, Curran and Kramer appear on the screen with (bassist) Clark providing a lively rhythmic floor for their walking patterns. The dancers...seem to be riffing together the way old friends do...The rhythm changes...and the dancers embroider it with extra steps, syncopations, and internal accents. Curran suddenly falls with a shout, falls again, and keeps falling, in the first of several sequences where the video editors have cut and repeated the same image so fast you can pick up only a stutter. The effect is disconcerting. The dancers get wiped out and restored over and over again, as if foretelling and denying their own death. In between these visions, the duet resumes.
Kramer arrived in person and soon she was dancing a duet with the video'd Curran. This part worked exceptionally well...As they continued dancing, Kramer and Curran began two different stories in alternation. She talked about doing Tibetan meditation in slow motion; he told how his friend (dancer Homer Avila) was back working in the studio on crutches after having a leg amputated. One of them...had just remarked optimistically on doing "what's possible" when Curran strode toward the camera and with a giant step seemed about to dance through the screen, right into he audience. Blackout.
--Marcia B. Siegel, The Boston Phoenix, November 9, 2001