The Gallim Dance group’s latest production Whale was enjoyable if a little slow in some parts. I am not the most in tune with dance but I know what I like and the performance was a pleasant way to spend the evening. It starts off with the cast falling and prancing around the stage singing the old classic L.O.V.E. The energy is high but I wish the fun opening had continued – the piece turned more serious after the initial fun and that tended to drag certain portions.
As for the nudity, cutie Paul Vickers spends the last 10 minutes or so of the first act completely nude. As the cast dances with a plastic sheet, his naked body is tossed about in a game of parachute. He then runs around the stage a bit, showing all to the audience but still delivering an almost innocent performance. He is twinkish with a dancer’s build, medium dick , and a full bush (no shaving there!). Two other dancers also get naked briefly towards the end of the second act – Matthew Perez dances across the stage without pants and in the final scene, Austin Tyson pours water on the stage and then proceeds to slide around in it buck naked. Both have great dancers’ psychics and look fine in the buff.
For seating, the loge on either side is probably the best – you can get close to the stage without being blocked by the lights they set up on stage. A weird choice especially since some of the choreography required the dancers to lie on the stage. Vickers and Perez can be seen from any section – for best viewing of Tyson sit on audience left.
There is only one performance left at the Joyce Theater! Go to joyce.org for tickets.