The Girl with the Alkaline Eyes is a new dance theater piece from The Chase Brock Experience. This 70-minute thriller features an original commissioned score by Eric Dietz and live music with keyboard (Rob Berman), violin (Arthur Moeller) and cello (Amy Kang) with pre-recorded electronics including Siri and a Roli Seaboard. The story is the tale of a world, where futuristic A.I.’s seem just as real as people.
We begin in a high-tech lab where Oliver (Spencer Ramirez) a young, hot-shot coder has been hard at work. The owner of the lab Troy ( Travante S. Baker) has brought his investor (Jane Abbott) to see his newest models Female Creation (Amber Barbee Pickens (Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour) and Male Creation (James Koroni). Satisfied with Oliver’s work they leave to go clubbing.
Oliver however has been working on a secret project: an extraordinarily lifelike creation named Co (Yukiko Kashiki (The King and I on the West End, Disney’s The Lion King in Germany and The Netherlands). Co is a woman, with circuitry instead of flesh and eyes that shine electric blue.
Done with clubbing Troy returns to the lab and falls for Co. He takes her out where they encounter a woman with a dog (Amber Barbee Pickens) and another woman who is anti computers, especially A.I.’s (Jane Abbott).
Co changes not only the life of her creator, but the lives of everyone around her. In the end man and machine are connected by a deep desire that sparks an irreversible chain of lust, creation, and destruction.
Spencer Ramirez has a beauty about his dancing and we truly felt his emotional journey. Yukiko Kashiki was the perfect choice for the girl with a soul whose feelings were never meant to be. Her movements expressed every inch of her being. Travante S. Baker brought humanity to his work. Jane Abbott, James Koroni and Amber Barbee Pickens filled in the story with humor and perfect Brock style twerking, making sure that no role was unnoticed.
Chase Brock (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) truly know how to choreograph for dancers individual body types. His unique hand movements and isolated body trusts create a unique and interesting dance language all his own. Brock’s musicality is inherent, along with a pure joy of movement. This was also evident of his work in Be More Chill.
Eric Dietz scenario and score reaches to the heart of this piece with a surprising twist. Together with Brock’ choreography it gives the show heart. Dietz’s music is glorious and is very reminiscent of Michael John LaChiusa. The rich melodies in the beginning were lush.
The production features a unique scenic design by Drama Desk nominee Jason Sherwood (The View Upstairs), costume design by Drama Desk nominee Loren Shaw (Restoration Comedy), lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Brian Tovar (Tamar of the River), and projection design by Brock’s Be More Chill collaborator Alex Basco Koch and all are well done.
If you love watching work by choreographers on the rise, do not miss the haunting The Girl with the Alkaline Eyes.
The Girl with the Alkaline Eyes: By The Chase Brock Experience is made possible by a commissioning grant from The O’Don, Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, through Jan. 13th.