Jennifer Muller/The Works is TGATP‘s favorite dance company. Thus, I was very blessed to be invited to the Opening Night Gala for her newest work,“The White Room.” Passionate, violent, intriguing, disturbing, and thought provoking, the piece – Muller’s first full-length dance in fifteen years – is extraordinary. At the beginning, we meet a wide-eyed innocent young woman, who has just arrived to in big City. Caught up in the City’s underbelly, the young woman becomes a mere pawn to the denizen’s basest desires. In the end, she is hardened but smarter. But in Art as in Life, one naive victim is immediately replaced with the next unwitting prey.
What sets the Works apart is that the members are not, just highly gifted dancers; they are also able to wordlessly convey the riveting characters that Muller creates. In The White Room, as in Muller’s earlier work, it is always clear who and what each dancer is portraying. Hsing-Hua Wang brought such emotion and skill to the dance that it is was hard to believe that she is still an apprentice with the company. And as usual, Rosie Lani Fiedelman was a smashing standout. I call her “Rosie the Riveting” as I am always transfixed by her magic! Pascal Rekoert is also always a revelation. But I am mad, mad, mad for Jennifer and all of her dancers! I highly recommend that you catch anything that they do.
The afterparty and dinner was held at the Chelsea Art Museum with catering by the Housing Works .
About The White Room
The music for The White Room is a compilation of cello-based music from traditional and contemporary composers including Zoe Keating and Break of Reality. Costume design by Anaya Cullen, and stage design by Dustin O’Neal. Lighting design by Jeff Croiter and projection design by Kevin Harkins.
Company Members: Susanna Bozzetti, Mariana Cardenas, Elizabeth Disharoon, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Seiko Fujita, Duane Gosa, Gen Hashimoto, Abdul Latif, Jen Peters, Alvon Reed, Pascal Rekoert.
Apprentices: Mario Bermudez Gil, Katherine Hozier, Kensaku Shinohara, Hsing-Hua Wang.
For more information on Jennifer Muller/The Works go to: http://jmtw.org/ and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/JenniferMullerTheWorks