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Hailed for its structural complexity and attention to detail, Isla bears Lethem’s signature precision and intricacy.
By the end of Effecting Galatea, I was completely immersed in the world Lethem had created, fully ready to witness the events that could have transpired there.
The multiple bodies, engaged in patient, nuanced shifts suggests that perhaps there is more to Galatea than the idealized wife on a pedestal.
Cameo Lethem’s Isla is a clear-eyed nod to classic post-modern dance, a structural reflection of Steve Reich’s “Violin Phase” for five dancers arrayed in a grid onstage.
The audience might be witness to the future of the human race–a being that thinks differently.
Lethem clearly has a sharp intellect and her ownership of craft, design and discipline to work within a small movement palette shows direction and vision. Following her career, you can expect to be challenged to use your own smarts to keep up.