"Undercurrents" Win us Over

Studio 360

Ok, so a lot of us no longer have the dispensable income to indulge in a trip to the theater or the ballet.But whether we were seeking it or not, last month at the Winter Garden, the dance troupeThird Rail Projectsbrought art to us -- or at least to the Wallstreeters, nannies, construction workers, and shop owners who happened upon the World Financial Center at lunchtime.Every day at 1 pm on the dot, Third Rail's co-directors Tom Pearson and Zach Morris (no, not that one) presented a different 5-minute lunchtime dance in a site-specific dance project called "Undercurrents and Exchange."

The dances were whimsical, oddly intimate, and usually pretty surprising given the impersonal context of this echoing, high-ceiling-ed spot. The dance series was part of the Arts>World Financial Center, the largest year-round, free performing arts and cultural presenter on the East coast.