There’s a scene in twin sisters Kristina and Sadé Alleyne’s performance A Night’s Game where one of the girls lies face down on the floor, while the other one unsuccessfully tries to grab her attention by clapping, doing athletic moves and other stunts. During my week at Vienna’s ImPulsTanz, I often felt like that unresponsive sister – unable to be moved by what I experienced.
Contemporary dance’s audience is small and well defined, and spectators are mostly seasoned and savvy theatre-goers. So maybe it’s no wonder that I often feel like I’ve seen it all before. Of course, not everyone is as picky as I am, judging by the standing ovation at every one of the five shows that I watched at ImPulsTanz this year. But to me, the question still remains: Where is dance trying to go?