Chriselle Tidrick: "Absentia"
timed to perfection,
full of so much feeling.
radiated life and power
so much so, she held the crowd in her trance.
It surged with the promise of deeper things,
a story you saw and felt on an abstract plane of the mind.
Something emanating from her through you, and back again.
Warm, personal, thoughtful, and yes, somewhat sensual,
but its warm and clean. Her movements are meant
to express longing, the loss of a lover,
the crux of "Absentia", a visual expression
of her dealing with this. The movements on
and off the silk cloth melded together
with a strange operatic beauty.
Balancing with the ease of a bird taking filght,
she moved with the silk cloth and her passion
as if these three were one.
Her costume went perfectly with the cloth behind her
and the floor mat, the shadows, and darkness surounding her,
She is spellbinding.
"Absentia, is an excerpt from a much longer piece
about loss and longing. The experience of a female character
who wakes up to discover that her beloved is no longer
at her side". Mrs Tidricks' title "(almost inadvertently)
references a wonderful piece of choreography by Janis Brenner,
titled 'Dancing in Absentia'. Streb lab for action mechanic's,
started by Elizabeth Streb, where the event took place
Williamsburg Bklyn, showcases performances
in Trapeze, Aerial, and dance.
Its like going to the Circus and an abstract dance sepectacle
at the same time. As miss Streb puts it,"At this point in my career,
my vision for S.L.A.M is an open-access venue that models
a new kind of Artist-driven community institution.
The doors of S.L.A.M are never closed".
Chriselle Tidrick is the Artistic director
of "Above and Beyond Dance", a performance company which
creates circus-infused dance, and greatly involved with Streb lab.
She studied at George Washington University,
and has performed at the Alice Farley Dance theater,
Catherine Gallant/dance, Jody sperling/Time laspe
and the Metopolitan Opera. If you would like to know more please go to:www.aboveandbeyonddance.com
Studio-Phoenix & K.K.W would like to thank Streb Lab(www.streb.org), Chriselle Tidrick,
and Bobby Hedglin-Taylor for the chance to cover the show.
Article&Photo's by K.K.W