So often dance, even if meant to be funny, is performed by dancers with serious faces. Dancers’ stern demeanor can be part of the joke. The brilliant smiles of classical ballet sometimes seem pasted on, part of carefully learned technique, rather than expressions of genuine amusement or joy. What is quite rare, at least in my experience, is real laughter on stage. I don’t know what the characteristic expression of Olivier Wever’s newest work will be once it’s actually being performed, but it is a treat to see so much humor in the studio.

What I noticed most about pictures of his new piece (still unnamed), as it was photographed in earlier rehearsals by Kim and Adam Bamberg’s when I was out of town, was the camaraderie, verve and high spirits of Olivier and the three dancers—Kaori Nakamura, back after having her baby Maia, Andrew Bartee and Lucien Postlewaite—as they worked through the complex, demanding movements and relaxed afterword…