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The DI Year 2: Rolphing Boredom — Dean Moss’s Strange Kinetic Poem at Judson

By Gus Solomons jr
Copyright 2002, 2017 Gus Solomons jr

NEW YORK — In “The Board Dance,” an excerpt from his 2001 “american deluxe,” Dean Moss stands between a video projector and the altar wall of St. Mark’s Church, where Japanese martial arts films, old Westerns, and he himself rehearsing this same dance are projected. Moss manipulates a five-by-three foot board that’s Mylar-mirrored on one side and reflective white on the other. The prop manipulation recalls the work of his mentor David Gordon, in whose Pick Up Company Moss performed for ten years. The projections change scale and reflections flash on the side walls, as he swirls the board, balances it on a corner, lies on top of it, under it, hikes it overhead and lets the top edge flip down to the floor. Moss’s deft execution of the task is intriguing, enhanced by the changing film backdrop against which it is performed. It’s a clever, straightforward, minimalist essay, clearly designed and crisply done.

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