"WEEBLE WOBBLE invites the viewer to think as well as to enjoy what she is doing. In this work, Smith has placed herself in the desert surrounded by beautiful cacti and utilizes three different sized bobbling objects that respond to her movements like the toy punching bags kids once played with. Two look like space age capsules – one large, the other small – and the third is shaped like a large musical gourd with an antenna. They make one smile, but the film is intriguingly hypnotic. Smith’s movements and the camera work mirror the wobbling of her “props” and I found myself asking why these objects and why in the desert. Answer: why not? Weeble Wobble is visually beautiful and seeing Smith move within that environment is a treat."
-Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle | December 8th, 2021
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"At the start of the piece the camera pans up past the parched earth and resting nude bodies. Then without warning the location changes to a lakeside marked with leafless trees hiding from view parts of the dancers lithe bodies. The use of chairs, sofas and makeshift construction are resting places for the languorous and very human Birds of Paradise. A young woman in red toile, blue eye shadowed men, soon the costumes begin to get more creative and outrageous. White soundscapes, ruffles, animal-like movements and preening bodies in highly hued plumage covers the dancers faces as they work. It’s this disorder, spangles, netting that puts color on the parched earth. The white soundscape becomes a chanting that instigates the birdlike creatures to fall in line and fade into the night. This is not dance per se, but takes dancers to do the movement, yet it is a feast for the eyes."
-Joanne DiVito for LA Dance Chronicle | June 8, 2021
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"Smith speaks about how many of us feel as if the entire world is on fire, driving us inside, and leaving us to look inward for a path to renewal.
Smith chose a burned-out landscape to film Pyriscence, dressed in a long white dress, signaling purification, with Greenberg wearing a floral patterned sarong style skirt, a nod to rejuvenation. Smith’s movement is primarily slow pace, restive, reflective and loving. Throughout this beautiful film she ponders the situation around her, longs for what has been lost and how to move forward."
-Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle | Oct 20, 2020
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