rie ichikawa

Rie Ichikawa in Bella Figura. Boston Ballet. Kennedy Center, June 2014. © Gene Schiavone.

The mood is solemn, the colors dark. If there is a theme, it’s death, or eternity, or the absurdity of life. Curtains – opening, closing, rising, falling – figure prominently. At the start, two naked bodies (mannequins, one presumes) are suspended above the stage in translucent caskets. A woman (Rie Ichikawa), topless, finds herself trapped in a black drape, released, trapped again. She emits a silent scream, then several more.