Two years ago this weekend, toward the end of Mark Haim’s “The Goldberg Variations, ” Tonya Lockyer sat in a cone of light on the Mainstage at On the Boards and seemed to channel the very soul of the darkest, most spiritual variation in Bach’s sublime work. I still treasure the beauty and power of Lockyer’s performances that weekend. I knew then that I’d want to see anything she created.
It’s been eighteen hours since Tonya’s Lockyer’s solo performance in “Consumed. ” Images and messages are still sifting ”¦my initial thought after the show: Tonya is an INCREDIBLE performer. PERIOD. The dancing: gutsy, nuanced, articulate and dynamically rich – she is a master of qualitative specificity, from sassy T&A jazz (hilarious and awful) to luscious carving and arcing to the most amazing full-bodied trembling (after sharing the horrific story about Monika ”¦).