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HOLLAND'S BLANKERT HAS TWO-TRACK MIND.

NOW ARRIVING from Amsterdam: an unusual production that replicates a train station. Choreographer Beppie Blankert will set Dubbelspoor (Double Track) in the garage of Manhattan performance space The Dance Theater Workshop May 12-21.

Originally choreographed for two women, Dubbelspoor now features two male actor-dancers. Using a little-known prose work of Samuel Beckett's called Text for nothing, no. 7, the piece delves into the "existential experience of waiting." An ingenious set of platforms and mirrors reveals the audience to itself as the performers dance and speak. Video monitors show two men waiting at an abandoned train station while trains whiz by, never stopping.

John Taylor, an American dancer who has won Holland's Silver Dance Prize, and Christopher Steel, a Brit who has danced with Michael Clarke, perform the work, creating a rhythm with their live recitation of Beckettlines like, "My question, I had a question, ah yes, did I try everything, I can see it still, but it's passing, lighter than air, like a cloud, in moonlight, before the sky light, before the moon, like the moon, before the sky light." Their figures separate and merge, ghostlike, in a one-way mirror.

Blankert has choreographed for thirty years and is the founder and director of Amsterdam's Dansers Studio, which produces an array of dance companies, including her own group, Danseproduktie. With Dubbelspoor, she says she originally intended simply to separate listening and seeing, and that decision led to the use of two characters, each as the alter ego of the other. She says the piece is about "the time before the making of a decision." The original score by Louis Andriessen mirrors the idea of mirroring by using a glasslike sound and musical repetition. In the first section we hear a solo harpsichord; in the second, piano layers the harpsichord; and in the third, a celesta and chimes join in.

Double Track is commissioned jointly by DTW's Bessie Schoenberg/First Light commissioning program and The Danspace Project with funds from the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation. It will also be performed at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio April 27-30, and at 7Stages in Atlanta May 4-7. In late July Double Track arrives at Jacob's Pillow.
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Author:Perron, Wendy
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Date:May 1, 2000
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