Local dance luminaries, fans and friends crowded the lobby of Plays and Players on Delancey St. in late Sept. for the one night only performance of Tommie-Waheed Evans/Crossroads/ made up from Philadanco members and Teneise Ellis, a former ’Danco dancer and Kirven J Boyd, currently with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, all lending their talents and time gratis because of their belief in Evans work.
/Crossroads/ was in motion as we entered the side aisles of the deco-era P&P theater. LaMar Baylor and Boyd in a duet in front of the stage and the rest of the dancers onstage in a dramatic, cryptic slo-motion scenario, with the dancers dressed in floor length purple skirts.
The back half featured a central trio with and sensual duet by Roxanne Lyst and Bozeman with flowy lift patterns. The P&P stage may have been a little boxy for some of the ensemble patterning, jumps and unison work. Evans’ infusion of African classicism, Vogue-y struts, hip-hop brio kept upping the velocity.
Evans transfers to his dancers the qualities he displays-explosive stage presence and penchant for full throttle performance. Great exit phrases- release moves that are ironic, witty and turning into signatures known as Tommie-isms.