After a run-through of Jeanne Ruddy’s new work a otherwise luminous Janet Pilla, bends over like a sprinter and says “hard Mondays.” In this case hard rainy Monday with the troupe in sweaty togs and under the company’s fluorescent house lights in the Bauhaus-y Performance Garage. Jeanne, parting the clouds herself in circa1968 mod Brit cap (Brian Jones collection), black suede boots and floral scarf, gave her dancers notes as she worked out choreographic details.
The choreographer shows many different colors, but none as ominous as her previous program ‘Breathless‘ about spousal abuse and murder. ‘Breathless’ is an artistic testament, showing Ruddy’s breadth with narrative. She went into the studio contemplating what a dark time it was for everybody and she didn’t want to create something depressing. Sh conceived ‘Lark’ a work set to music by techno-Haydn in four fab movements.