Steven Reker’s People Get Ready


4 of 5 stars
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Last Thursday night I went to this dance and music performance by Steven Reker and People Get Ready at the arts space The Kitchen here in New York. I’ve been to several modern dance performances before but this one caught me by surprise: Reker is not just a dancer but a musician as well, and this performance was an unlikely but riveting hybrid of indie rock and modern dance — the musicians danced and the dancers played music. More than that, the pieces they performed (there were about a dozen of them, organized like two sides of a mixtape) established a clean and vibrant linkage between the act of dancing and the act of making music. It wasn’t just music and dance together, it was music and dance as one act. I haven’t seen anything quite like it before and I thought it was great. You can listen to some of People Get Ready’s music here, and read The New York Times review here.