NYC Dance: ALEJANDRO CERRUDO’S “IT STARTS NOW” (World Premiere at The Joyce in Chelsea)

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by Tony Frankel on September 23, 2021

in Dance,Theater-New York


“Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.”— Jorge Luis Borges

Internationally acclaimed choreographer and Pacific Northwest Ballet ’s first Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo brings his newest evening-length work It Starts Now, a silky, cerebral, and spell-binding piece to The Joyce. It Starts Now is an invitation to be fully engaged in the present. Cerrudo’s eight dancers deconstruct the space of the theater in this dramatic, mind-bending world premiere, which pushes contemporary vocabulary and its dancers to unprecedented heights (See Stage and Cinema’s review of an all-Cerrudo program at The Harris in Chicago).

Ana Lopez and Seia Rassenti

Following a decade of international choreographic commissions, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo will simultaneously premiere his first production and make his Joyce debut as an independent choreographer with the evening-length It Starts Now. (See our review and feature of Cerrudo’s first full-length dance program for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: One Thousand Pieces.)

Benjamin Wardell

Featuring artists hand-selected by Cerrudo and drawing on his unique movement style and breadth of knowledge as dancer and choreographer, the evening breaks theatrical barriers in a heightened exploration and contemplation of the nonlinear nature of time. Cerrudo captures the moments in life to which both artists and audience can relate — moments that seem to stretch the human concept of time, from the suspended moment before a first kiss to the sensation of accelerated time when enjoying the best that life has to offer. It Starts Now is an invitation to the audience to be fully engaged in with what they are watching and what it makes them feel, for that is the only way to live in the present moment and experience true presence.

Daniel Rae Srivastava

photos by Rosalie O’Connor

It Starts Now — Alejandro Cerrudo
The Joyce Theater in Chelsea, 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street
September 28-October 3, 2021
for tickets ($10-$65), call 212-242-0800 or visit Joyce
ticket prices are subject to change

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