A contemporary dance performance in three parts, raw footage delves into the obsessions of three women at different stages in their lives. From the worldly desires of youth, to the crises of self-image in a superficial world, to a yearning for what now lies beyond the veil.
As with most interpretive works, you need an open mind and a willingness to accept the challenge of piecing together these performers’ stories, since they are being told in a physical lexicon, one we may not be familiar with.
See you again
“To loved ones passed… and the belief that I will see them again.”
Cathy Kyle Fenton offers perhaps the most obscure of the three dances. Her sinuous contortions at times a blur, her limbs disappearing into shadow before snapping back into light: there was something almost ritualistic about her dance. A powerful, evocative display as she fills the room with the subtle sound of movement and exertion.
“The coming undone of a woman who struggles with the perception of beauty. Agonizing over expectations that are never met, she is never satisfied and is constantly at odds with ideas of her own self worth.”
Of the three performances, Mary Catherine Jack’s dance was the most concrete, depicting a a woman struggling against the forces of time and the decay of beauty in a society that demands physical perfection. She is often a slouching creature, sliding across the stage as though somewhat less than human, rising to her feet, it seems, only to analyze her imperfections and to try and remedy them. The sense of panic and urgency begins to raise as it is realized that there is only so much that one person can do.
…to the light
“Like a moth to the flame; a woman’s desire
to inhabit an isolated world of light.”
Personally, this was my favourite section of this performance. With seven candles arranged in what Apt613 reviewer Alex Katayama identified as the Pleiades constellation (aka the Seven Sisters), Nicola Henry is tempted by the flames around her, fascinated by these worldly wonders, plucking them from place and arranging them into her own alignment. The light and shadow play in this dance had me thoroughly intrigued.
This is one of the shorter Fringe performances that I’ve seen (approx. 40 mins) and one of the more challenging to decipher, but the passion and the practice that has been put into these dances is clear.
But that’s just what I thought. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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