Caithream Celtic Dance Fusion’s Passages tells the history of Scots being forced off their homeland and journey to Canada in the 1700s through Highland dancing and dramatic performances. This piece will open your eyes to the hardships the Scots faced from the English and during their journey across the Atlantic.
Should you see it?
While lacking in drama, Passages’ great dancing makes it worth seeing.
I’m a sucker for Highland dancing, so I was looking forward to Passages going in. And if you’re a fan of dance, you won’t be disappointed. When the story is conveyed through dance, you can’t keep your eyes off of it. The battle with the British Red Coasts is particularly intense. The company performs several other impressive numbers with each dancer displaying great poise. Their co-ordination and athleticism alone make this show worth seeing.
Where Passages falls a bit flat is in its drama and narrative. Yes, this story is based on historical fact, and it is a story that deserves to be told. However, listing off the number of Scots forced out of each village was a bit dry. It came off as being read straight out of a history textbook as opposed to an organic narrative, which would have been preferable.
Yet, I came away from this show having enjoyed myself. As I mentioned, I enjoy Highland dancing, but there are also some fun parts to the story. The women’s journey across the Atlantic is at once amusing as they sit around growing increasingly bored, and also tragic. This show also has some good use of lighting to convey the tone of different scenes, such as the aforementioned Red Coats battle.
Overall, I’d recommend this one, more so if you’re a fan of dance. It makes up for the dryer parts of the show.
But that’s just my opinion. If you’ve seen Passages, I’m curious about your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments below.
Passages runs June 23rd, 24th, 25th, 27th, and 29th. For more information, visit our preview page.