reviewed by Paula Citron
Dance Matters Series 3 – From the Fryin’ Pan
Choreography by Karen Kaeja, Marie France Forcier, Yves Candau, Emily Gualtierei, Lauren Cook and Laura Kappel
At the Scotiabank Studio Theatre
I’m always thrilled when dancers provide opportunities for their colleagues to show work. Tanya Crowder’s HowDareShe Productions has been presenting the Dance Matters series on weekend afternoons several times a year at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre, and they are always interesting.
Crowder themes her series. This past weekend was the first From the Fryin’ Pan which is geared to collaborations, improvisations and innovations. Six choreographers showed work, three of whom were new to me.
Old pros Karen Kaeja, Marie France Forcier and Yves Candeau demonstrated their finesse, Kaeja’s sextet Project Wildflock was a fascinating improvised rethinking of a solo. Forcier’s gorgeous duet Variations on a 4/4 for two experimented with setting music after the dance creation to fit like a glove, while Candeau’s solo Here be dragons was a beautiful eastern-inspired meditation.
The younger set – Emily Gualtieri, Lauren Cook and Laura Kappel – are certainly worth watching. They experimented with joyous movement, keeping secrets and Shrek’s Onion Girl respectively.