by Paula Citron.
Passageways to Diluted Happiness
DanceWorks CoWorks/Forcier Stage Works
Choreographed by Marie France Forcier
Performed by Heather Berry, Molly Johnson, Danielle O’Reilly, Nicole Rush and Brendan Wyatt
Winchester Street Theatre until Jun. 21
Marie France Forcier is an emerging choreographer. Passageways to Diluted Happiness is her first full-length work. It is both ambitious and polished, but perhaps in her next piece, Forcier will find ways to further develop her theme. This work needs more variations in mood and style.
As a choreographer, Forcier deals with topics of substance. Her five dancers explore states of bliss, or more specifically, the moments of loss that make the times of bliss more exquisite. I found the work to have a melancholy air, aided by composer James Bunton’s score that moved between electronica drone and gentle melody.
Forcier’s elegiac choreography for the piece is one of physical manipulation, one or more dancers on another. Her signature is arm and hand gestures that propel movement, and she has a deft hand at meaningful repetition.
One can certainly read images into the stage pictures presented by her fine dancers.
Passageways to Diluted Happiness continues at Winchester Street Theatre until Jun. 21.