Also stunning are the star turns of Chanel DaSilva, Lauren Edson, and Travis Walker in
“Bad Winter” (2012). DaSilva’s solo is a study in contradictions — she sports spotless
white tails, but over informal dancewear; she dances to the whimsical “Pennies From
Heaven,” yet moves with a tautness that keeps any suggestion of frivolity in check —
and its relation to the duet that follows is purposely enigmatic. The duet, however,
stings like a fresh wound, as Edson and Walker portray a couple fighting to hold onto
both themselves and each other. At one point, Edson sticks her head under Walker’s
shirt, vividly suggesting both a desire for blindness and a willingness to be swallowed
up; a moment later, she’s wearing the garment and Walker is exposed, vulnerable.
When she tries to return it, he flings it away and, lying on the floor, arches in a kind of
agony while she hovers over him, her arms protective, like the wings of an angel.
-The Boston Globe
The program’s fascinating middle piece, Bad Winter, which premiered last February, was intriguing and at times unnerving. It opened with a punchy, defiant solo for Chanel DeSilva set to “Pennies From Heaven.” She wore a bare-bones tank top and shorts, with a white tailcoat that suggested she might be a master of ceremonies. Then the lights came up on a remarkably intimate duet for Lauren Edson and Travis Walker, who moved with wariness and exposed nerves—grappling, pushing one another away—to two songs by The Cinematic Orchestra. He literally gave her the shirt off his back—she ducked her head under it from behind, and suddenly she was wearing it—but they ended in a forlorn standoff, the shirt crumpled and tossed over his prone body as she loomed over him.