Not Entirely Herself
The Kitchen, NYC
March 16 – March 19
Vicky Shick moved to New York from Budapest as a child, trained at the School of American Ballet, and moved on to a long and fertile downtown dance career, performing with Susan Rethorst, Trisha Brown, and Sara Rudner, among others. An active dancer still, Shick is performing in Juliette Mapp’s Making of Americans in April and with Rethorst in May.
Working with her long-time collaborators, visual artist Barbara Kilpatrick and composer Elise Kermani, and a fine corps of dancers including Marilyn Maywald, Jimena Paz, Maggie Thom and the choreographer Neil Greenberg, Shick offers in Not Entirely Herself a finely crafted, enjoyably strange dance composition, perceptively lit by Chloe Brown.
An hour of solos, duets and trios with little repetition, Not Entirely Herself is a demanding work especially for the trio Maywald, Paz and Thom. In the sold-out opening performance on Wednesday, all of the dancers performed remarkably with virtuosic turns combined with seemingly improvisational displays of individual personality, including song. An affecting coda featured Shick and Greenberg, offering a playful, masterly exposition of Shick’s choreographic method.
A fantastic amalgam of modern dance, mannerist sculpture, shadow puppetry, song, and body percussion (with endlessly inventive use of a small wooden platform resembling a portable flamenco practice floor). Not to be missed.