THE OTHER SHOE (modern dance and performance) by Beth Corning and others. Corningworks. Oct. 20 – 24.
It is redundant to say that Beth Corning has come up with an unusual idea, since she usually does. The idea this time—presented under the flag of her Corningworks dance and theater project—is a feature-length piece titled The Other Shoe. The show combines serio-sarcastic monologues and modern dance. Performed by Corning along with Kay Cummings, a noted writer-director-actor based in New York, The Other Shoe is billed as a commentary on the state of our society. (Which seems to have had quite a few other shoes dropped upon it in recent times.) Further, while Corning herself choreographed much of the show, it includes four wild-card dances choreographed by other artists. These dances are wild cards in the sense that the guest choreographers were given no thematic guidance except for the title: The Other Shoe. We will therefore see what Donald Byrd, Martha Clarke, Li Chaio-Ping, and Max Stone had to say about that in the language of dance. The Other Shoe is at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (M.V.)