Among Pennington’s strengths is the fact that he can act, and indeed, all three dancers on the program presented works that demanded character. And all three of them delivered. Homsey’s performance of Wigman’s Witch Dance was a true pleasure to see up close; she’s one of those rare dancers who actually wear light. And she made you think about why some shapes — archaic, ancient, passed down through the blood — seem to resonate in our brain stems. (Like the Witch’s crippled, cupped foot, reminding us that she is a witch, and that there is a tradition of associating deformed features with evil.) And about why other shapes may not resonate in the same way.
The "One Person Show Festival" ran for four weekends in January — the optimum way to have a festival, and to experience dance. But there are other ways. At the Fountain Theater, the fourth annual Festival of Solos and Duets presented a choreographer’s showcase over the weekend of January 22. Produced by Deborah Lawlor and Benita Bike, the occasion provided an opportunity for 10 choreographers to get their work staged without all the pressure to polish it up. Every city worth its salt needs a dance showcase like that.