The one-woman show was brought by Granhoj Dans of Denmark Thursday night to kick off this year’s Global Dance Fest. And kick it does: this piece alternates between visceral, cerebral, and dreamlike as our heroine moves and sings in ways you’ve never heard or seen. I promise.
I won’t give away too much (not that there’s an actual plot), but multi-instrumentalist Anne plays herself as a musical instrument--with a cello bow--while vocalizing the resultant sounds. And she has a voice, which arrives early in the show with a haunting song that plays off the title of the work.
After the performance, a flushed “Anne” munched leftover enchiladas and strawberries, washed down with wine, during an informal talkback. Asked about the origin of the song, she paused and could not attribute it to a particular cultural tradition. She invoked her studies in Istanbul and India, which explained the universal quality of the a capella song. To this listener’s ear, it could have traveled from the subcontinent with migrating gypsies, across North Africa to absorb the precursors of the blues, and then simmered in southern Europe for a century before finding its way to these Scandinavian vocal chords, perhaps pausing to take in an Ingmar Bergman film on the way.
Anne Between Blue and Green also presents the work of director/choreographer Palle Granhoj and visual designer Per Victor. It will play one more time in the U.S. before returning to the Old World. That would be this Sunday, March 1, at 2 pm at North Fourth. (345-2872)
And that’s only the beginning of month-long Global Dance Fest, which features another show by Granhoj Dans this weekend, and will continue through March with this year’s theme of Latitudes North. Who knew Scandinavian dance would be like this? Who knows what the other seven shows will bring?
Extra treat: In the North Fourth lobby are some exquisite photos by Albuquerque native photographer Joseph Lujan, taken when he lived in Norway.