San Francisco Bay Guardian

July 20, 2010
'when i die, i will be dead' Stage Listings

"a fresh and charming meditation on creativity, communication, and communion"

*when i die, i will be dead.  This sparkling pair of new dance-theater pieces from director-choreographer Alicia Ohs unexpectedly marks the final production at the Mission Street haunt of Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, which perforce closes its doors at the end of the month as a search for a new space continues. It's hard to imagine a more feisty, clever and poignant way to mark the otherwise somber milestone than this final Mission Street edition of MCVF's DIY residency (co-produced with Choyoh! Productions and THEOFFCENTER). The first piece, "New York, I Love You, I hate You . . . Now Dance!," unfurls and unravels a dance audition in the Big Apple with insight and incisive humor—cuttingly performed by a bold, charismatic cast that includes Ay.Lin, Hana Erdman, Harold Burns, and Jose Navarrete. It amounts to a singular and low-key–sensational tribute that puts the "us" back in chorus. The companion piece, "Dokuen" (Japanese for "solo"), is another surprise, a fresh and charming meditation on creativity, communication, and communion that cycles through a series of dynamic encounters between choreographer, dancers, and domestic, all on a tightrope walk between the concrete and the ineffable. Its sublime moments of imperfect quiet and stillness say it all, since even here there's so much going on—room yet to create and destroy. (Avila)