Oct 17 2014
REVIEW: “a fascinating triumph of set design, costume, and narrative”
Matt Hason of Broadway World writes about Perchance to Dream:
“Dance is emotionally provocative, because it seamlessly affirms the intense exposure, and full-bodied requirements of the creative process. So, as such immense feeling ensued in Perchance to Dream, a wildly magical portrayal of [transcendence], and natural humanity, and harmonic variance in three movements.
Firstly, in The Sleepwalker, choreographed by Alyssa Caliendo and Micheline Heal, Mich-Mash Productions proved masterful. The music was simply perfect. Arvö Part drew all ears to a note, as “Fur Alina Part I” resounded against a moonlight projection. Black and white, the costumes of the dancers merged with the tasteful grace of sweet remembrance, intoned as through gentle, airy movement.
Enter The Dream. Choreographed by Micheline Heal in collaboration with twelve other artists, Perchance to Dream opened into a fascinating triumph of set design, costume, and narrative. Micheline Heal, who conceived and directed Perchance to Dream, also graces the Actor’s Fund Arts Center stage with Alyssa Caliendo as lead dancer.
[Caliendo] spun illumined, only to fall inward, embracing the soul of night in a union of body and time. Through traditional Chinese water sleeves, she was cast off, and delicately carried, as by a winged, angelic mystery. Lastly, The Dream presages Awakening with Caliendo perched above another body on high, as in royal matriarchal regalia.
Overall… each and every last dancer warmed the early fall night with haunting insight, and nuanced brilliance.”