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Pop-Up Performance Explores How We Cope With Disaster
Debby Kajiyama wears a bright red sweater that's attached to Jose Navarrete's matching red sweater by long, floppy sleeves. On the corner of 24th and Bartlett, she stands on tiptoe, and when she raises her arms the sleeves roll toward Navarrete, looking like a bouncy red slide. The dancers pull each other close, push each other away and roll on the sidewalk in a series of graceful moves that attract a small crowd. Near the end of the 18-minute pop-up performance piece, titled "Lost and Found," Kajiyama lifts her sweater over her head, leaves Navarette on the ground and casually walks away. Freedom from constraint is attained in this final act, after a tension-filled performance. Symbolically, the piece addresses how we cope with environmental disaster and questions our dependence on one another. The children in the crowd may not know what it means, but they are intrigued by the dance. "The kids are the best measure of whether we're successful or not," says ...