Above and below, within and without, near and far — Debra Loewen’s Milwaukee 360º charms and delights from every angle. Loewen’s Wild Space company danced the site-specific piece Thursday night in, around and atop the eight-story Brewery Parking Structure, in the Pabst complex at 910 W. Juneau.
Loewen has created many such works and often intends to frame an environment as much as display her dancers. Thursday, she made a humdrum parking ramp glamorous and mysterious, alerting us to the spectacular downtown views beyond the east railing of the place.
Still, the balance tilts toward the dancing in 360º. The dances at the outset, in a huge, unfinished room at ground level, are among the most subtle, original and convincing that Loewen has ever made. She called for some physical virtuosity from her dancers here and there, but this is mainly about poise, presence, precise placement and exact tone. Her able dancers neatly articulated the four levels of the work: casual, graceful/meditative, grotesque and aggressive.
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