Company: Good Women Dance Society, Edmonton, AB
Venue: 1 - John Hirsch Theatre at the MTC Mainstage
(Reviewed at the Toronto Fringe Festival)
A highly conceptual dance show that is beautiful to watch.
The Good Women Dance Collective have created a highly conceptual dance show that is beautiful to watch.
Working with the theme of "fractures," the show features two dance pieces set to eerie sonic soundscapes. The use of muted lighting helps set a tone of isolation from the moment you walk into the theatre.
The first piece, "Pod," has the dancers moving under and around a large plastic sheet that alternately nurtures, suffocates, or liberates them. The staging and costumes create an alien scene, and the dancers emerge from the plastic sheet as tentatively as someone stepping onto otherworldly ground.
The second piece,"Shatterstate, " is a physically demanding dance set to the sounds of shattering glass. It is intriguing to watch, and while I admired the dancers' dexterity and capability with this difficult choreography, I have to admit that any deeper meaning to the piece eluded me.
This show has talented dancers and daring choreography. But I left the show definitely feeling disconnected - or "fractured" - from the work.