A Dancer Who Evokes The Sculptural and Spiritual
Maureen Fleming
Playhouse 91

Maureen Fleming did amazing things in "After Eros," the suite of solos she presented on Sunday afternoon as an attraction of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project. She appeared to transform herself into stone. Yet she also seemed to transcend the material world and enter a realm of pure spirit.

Maureen Fleming did amazing things in "After Eros," the suite of solos she presented on Sunday afternoon as an attraction of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project. She appeared to transform herself into stone. Yet she also seemed to transcend the material world and enter a realm of pure spirit.

Slowly descending a staircase head downward in "The Stairs," Ms. Fleming suggested that she had just beheld an overpowering vision. And in "The Butterfly" she waved a filmy veil, transforming herself into a butterfly, a creature associated with Psyche in mythology

The wondrous choreographic metamorphoses were enhanced by Philip Glass and Somei Satoh and lighting by Chris Odo and David Moodey that let Ms. Fleming's body gleam like polished marble. The solos were preceded by "Mandala," a ceremony in which 20 people helped bless the space.

--JACK ANDERSON