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Richard Alston Dance

"Mana" by Vertigo Dance Company | Photo Gadi Dagon "Mana" by Vertigo Dance Company | Photo Gadi Dagon

REVIEW: Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, Program 2

Tonight, despite New York’s first snowstorm of the season, die-hard dance fans put on their big coats and poured into New York City Center for the 2nd program of the Fall For Dance Festival.

The curtain opened on Vertigo Dance Company, with a single spotlight on one man in a voluminous, multi-layered grey costume. His body dives and swift, flinging arms are stark against a big white house-shaped backdrop. Before long, he is joined by one, and then a whole village of movers like him. Mana feels ritualistic. The dancers are donned in embellished pedestrian clothing with layer upon layer of fabric; the women wear bright head scarves. As they flock; they share a history and a language.