Precious Little Something 2005 with Daniel Linehan

Precious Little Something
By Michael Helland and Daniel Linehan

Danspace Project Food for Thought, curated by Miguel Gutierrez, January 28, 2005 (New York)
Studio 303 Vernissage-Danse, New Dance Alliance Exchange, June 2006 (Montreal)
chashama at Riverside Park, July 9, 2006 (New York)

TRT: 13-minutes

“The second piece was perhaps the best of the night. In Precious Little Something, Daniel Linehan and Michael Helland, dressed in striped shirts and ankle-cropped pants, played two young boys dancing together. This piece was special because it brought the audience into a world that is unfamiliar for some, nostalgic for others. The piece could be seen as the innocent discovery of gay love, experienced through two curious young boys. At first they play, then they run away, and ultimately they find each other. This piece is delightful and funny and is guaranteed to warm your heart.” Tomorrow’s Choreographers by Gabriela Pawelec, Gay City News 2005

Precious Little Something, in contrast, took us through a keyhole. Two men, dry as a thirsty throat, traveled down the middle, fell to opposite sides and then, in the dark, let out distressing screams. As if this never happened, they reappeared perched upon chairs at the upstage diagonals. There, they went into a litany of signals and movement, communicating across what seemed miles. Hand gestures formed bird beaks and claws, adding occasional odd flicks in their wrists. The piece evolved into cleverly timed, much larger movement, their precision easy to call upon. Michael Helland and Daniel Linehan remained true to the portrayal of something/someone newly born, curious and therefore funny, desperate in moments, and in conclusion, caught between the need for and fear of another.” Baby Greens by April Biggs, Off Off Off 2005

“But it was Michael Helland and Daniel Linehan who stood out with their co-choreographed and performed Precious Little Something. Helland and Linehan manipulate their bodies, moving like puppets. They playfully scrunch and stretch their faces, bark, squeak, hoot, and partner each other with sophistication. Sometimes reminiscent of Tere O’Conner, the duo merges humor with dramatic emotion and cute, silly gestures with skillful technique. The pure artistry exhibited in this piece is enough to give me hope for a future furnished with dancers who love and know what it means to dance.” Young Choreographers: A New Generation by Jen Weiss, Brooklyn Rail 2005

2006 PLS Riverside Park (5)

2006 PLS Riverside Park (12)

Photos courtesy of chashama