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Sara E. Seger in Suspension, Photo by Sofia Negron

Sara E. Seger in Suspension, Photo by Sofia Negron

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“Suspension”, May O’Donnell’s 1943 modern dance classic, was performed June 2014 by Rioult Dance at The Joyce Theater in NYC.  Inspired by her memory of seeing a plane fly below her on a hilltop in California, Ms. O’Donnell felt Suspension was best explained by T.S. Elliot’s observations in “Four Quartets”… that dance was “at the still point of the turning world”.  A work of formal abstraction combining bursts of movement with protracted stillness, “Suspension” uses seven dancers who meet and separate in their own serene orbits. Originally choreographed for seven women, the Joyce performance  substituted men for three of the original women’s parts creating a new dimension.  The NY Times in its 2014 review called Suspension “a treasure”and described the dancers as seeming to “float through space with a tranquil, unflappable air”.

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