Four members of LEVYdance stood in a tight circle, foreheads nearly touching, in an intimate moment before their performance. Dressed in white, they contrasted starkly with their backdrop — the graffiti covered Heron Alley transformed into a theater. The lights brightened just as the sun set, and all eyes turned to the melding of Yu KondoReigen, Sarah Dionne Woods, Paul Vickers, and Scott Marlowe in LEVYdance‘s 10th year celebration, on June 13, 2013.
The performances seemed to reinforce LEVYdance’s mantra of pushing boundaries and taking risks in the way they create and show art: each musical note connected with an emotion and each emotion visualized in motion. The theme of intimacy continued throughout; the dancers not only leaned upon one another physically as they maneuvered through complicated lifts and transitions, but also emotionally through sadness, heartbreak, and joy.
Melodie Casta performed at LEVYdance’s Spring Season at Home Opening Night Celebration
LEVYdance artistic director Benjamin Levy with company dancers Aline Wachsmuth, Scott Marlowe, Christopher Hojin Lee and Melodie Casta
LEVYdance artistic associate Scott Marlowe performed with Christopher Hojin Lee at LEVYdance’s Spring Season at Home Opening Night Celebration
Sarah Dionne Woods, Yu Kondo Reigen, Paul Vickers and Scott Marlowe (photo by Natalia Perez)
Members of LEVYdance at their Spring Season at Home Opening Night Celebration
Scott Marlowe and Paul Vickers (photo by Natalia Perez)
Damacia Ruiz, Pamela Sullivan and Michael Montgomery at LEVYdance’s Spring Season at Home Opening Night Celebration
Midtown Social performed at LEVYdance’s Spring Season at Home Opening Night Celebration (photo by Natalia Perez)
Kristi Nielsen and Carli Thomas
Gia Vega, Kristen Glennon and Katherine Krivy
LEVYdance board of directors, back row: Patricia Arellano, Jayson Johnson, Christopher Hojin Lee, Emma Tookey, Karen Wiel, Benjamin Levy, Don Brown; seated: Sam Leftwich, Giselle Bosc
David Falzone, Jeremy Pelky, Sean Livingston, Michael Tate