As strobe lights flashed, the blonde dancer catapulted in the air. You never saw his feet touch the ground.
That was the Parsons Dance Company’s Eric Bourne at the Joyce Theater last night, performing “Caught,” the piece that had its debut with David Parsons in 1982.
“People respond to it because there’s something about flight -- all humans want to fly,” Parsons said at the opening-night party at Room Service.
“You know Alvin Ailey? Well, this is our ‘Revelations,’” said Parsons Dance board member Linda Stocknoff.
In the flickering strobe light, Janice Moore, Barclays Capital Inc.’s chief operating officer, compliance, saw a tattoo on Bourne’s torso. She thought it might be the Greek pi.
“It’s the Hebrew letter chai,” Bourne said. “I got it in Israel on tour last year. The energy of the country, of Tel Aviv, of the people, it was very spiritual for me.”
As for “Caught,” “it’s very challenging. Tonight I felt my body transitioning from being human to being a machine. That was a big achievement as a dancer.”
The International Center of Photography’s new fundraising event drew women more interested in talking about photography than having their picture taken.
Peggy Anderson, wife of Keith Anderson, former chief investment officer of Soros Fund Management LLC, described her own photo taking as a “personal adventure.” She has taken classes at ICP and was a co-chairman of the event.
During the luncheon of chicken and roasted vegetables at Tribeca Rooftop, “Today” co-anchor Ann Curry led a conversation with photojournalists Stephanie Sinclair, Gillian Laub, Mary Ellen Mark and Samantha Appleton. New York Times Magazine photo editor Kathy Ryan also participated.
Topics covered: Dealing with trauma after photographing subjects in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel; taking pride in the fact that a photo essay on segregated proms in the South, which ran in the New York Times Magazine, helped end them; and the fear that photos could bring harm to subjects. Sinclair kept an image she’d taken of a child bride off the cover of National Geographic for that reason.
And of course they talked about the cameras they use (the Canon Mark II prevailed) and the merits of analog (shooting on film) and digital.
Curry was so enjoying the discussion that Anderson had to cut her off by tapping at a microphone. Anderson then reminded guests that ICP is both a school and a museum (a Weegee exhibition opens Jan. 20) that relies on patrons’ support.
Also in the audience: Photographer Caryl Englander, wife of hedge-fund manager Israel Englander and chairman of ICP. Her images of Byron Beach in Australia are available at Bonni Benrubi Gallery for $1,800 apiece.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)