Danya Hammoud and Sharif Sehnaoui perform "To Rest on a Slope," at The Crypt, St Joseph Church, Thursday.
Photo by Tony Elieh
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Danya Hammoud starts to dance in a prone position.Several minutes into the performance, musician Sharif Sehnaoui – who entered the room alongside Hammoud, and whose attention has been tightly focused on the dancer's minimal movement throughout – commences the first segment of a highly modular electric guitar score.This intermittent improvisation – during which he variously addresses the thing as a percussion instrument before taking it up to strike stark, abrasive chords – unfolds in parallel to the dancer's movement, but it can't be confused with accompaniment.Over the course of the work's 40-odd minutes, Hammoud eventually does manage to prise her form free of its falling-body-like posture.
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