The Present Music ensemble stayed out of view in the pit Friday evening, as dancers from UWM and the Milwaukee Ballet filled the Zelazo Center stage. In theory, this Falling concert was a Present Music program. In practice, it was a dance concert.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. One happy result was to get the Milwaukee Ballet’s dancers involved with other dance people in another venue. Another happy result: Dani Kuepper’s Slowly and Always.
Kuepper fully absorbed the moods and rhythmic impetus of Elena Kats-Chernin’s lyrical, Romantic brand of Minimalism in Summer, Fall and Spring fromSeasons (2010, for strings and piano). MBC dancers Courtney Kramer, Janel Meindersee, Raven Nielsen, Mayara Pineiro, Etienne Diaz, Barry Molina and Isaac Sharratt found just the right sort of lyrical expression, with pliant limbs lightly but firmly held and a propulsive footstep of air. Their bodies fit the music, which is essentially pastoral even when the piano drives it ahead.
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