The program begins with a premiere by James Sofranko, Artistic Director of the company. Featuring Yuko Horisawa, Julia Turner, and Isaac Aoki (of whom we uncomplainingly see a lot of throughout the evening), Point of You takes us on a multimedia experience of viewing dance from different perspectives.
Accompanied live by Michigan-based musician Jordan Hamilton, the piece – although not made up of the most sophisticated choreography – had me engaged from beginning to end. In fact, in hindsight, I wonder if its simplicity is the necessary complement to Point of You‘s more intricate storyboarding.
Transitioning to and from, or coexisting with each other, are movements being performed live on the stage, recorded for the screen, or live projected onto the screen. A camera is even brought onto the stage by Turner and as it passes from one dancer’s hand to another’s, we witness the dance from both their and birds-eye perspectives.
At moments there are close-ups of the dancers’ faces when we are encouraged to decipher the intention in their eyes. For me, there’s a mixture of indifference, curiosity, and invitation to explore further.