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Swan Song (2000)

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Performers: Dawn Kramer and 16-year-old break dancer, Jeffrey Louizia
Music: Fourteen Bagatelles by Bartok
Live Piano: Melanie Almiron

Entranced by the "lock and pop" virtuosity of 15-year-old Jeffrey Louizia, I choreographed a duet for him and me. Although different generations, genders, and races, both Jeffrey and I worked hard in our different dance forms to master a similar movement quality; I call it "brittle." Critics have said that it looks like I'm dancing under a strobe light.


"Kramer's Swan Song #1 fused two separate dances and finally two separate dance styles. Kramer dragooned the audience into an improvisation about junk-mail solicitations, and Jeffrey Louizia, a teenage apprentice, did some hip-hop. When the two danced together, I thought breakdance and modern dance made a happy and unexpected merger."
--Marcia B. Siegel, The Boston Phoenix, April 7, 2000

In Kramer's humorous...Swan Song #1, Kramer is a woman deluged by mail solicitations. From her rocking chair, at one point upside down, she reads a litany of ills she has been asked to cure. But one real letter slips in, asking "Are you still dancing?" Indeed she is, and beautifully, in interspersed dances with a dynamite 15-year-old summer company apprentice, Jeffrey Louizia...lively miniatures, melding hip-hop and street dance with modern dance. Louizia displays real skill, versatility, and a dynamic presence."
--Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe, April 1, 2000