I hunger for you is a work that keeps you guessing. More than some dance works, this creation of Kimberly Bartosik seems to ask us to be as alive and active in our watching as the extraordinary dancers are in their performance. There’s a stark contrast between the dancers working and sweating on stage and those of us in the audience sitting still in our seats, but I believe our interiors will be as animated as the dancers. We’ve changed the seating configuration in the theater tonight to allow for even more intimate connection than we usually experience in the Dance Center space.
Rebecca Solnit, in writing about Virginia Woolf in her essay “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable,” shares that Woolf “gave us limitlessness, impossible to grasp, urgent to embrace, as fluid as water, as endless as desire, a compass by which to get lost.” I believe these are gifts from Bartosik’s I hunger for you as well. The work explores losing one’s self in ecstasy, ritual, and desire, meticulously choreographed but with space for wild abandon. If the core of the dance is a reflection on faith, the conviction of things not seen, I wonder about what is in the work that we can’t see but are able to feel.
Kimberly Bartosik’s work I hunger for you was presented by the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago from January 30 – February 1, 2020.