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Kate Hilliard – While We Were Waiting

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

Besides being a member of Dancemakers, Kate Hilliard is an independent choreographer. Last summer she was invited to New York’s famed Stella Adler Studio of Acting to develop a movement work.

Hilliard’s While We Were Waiting appeared in town over the weekend and it is a darling piece in which Hilliard and her six collaborators – five performers and one musician – explore the physical and emotional reactions to the act of waiting.

The core of the work is a repeating vigorous synchronized movement pattern which is affected by the mood of the performers. The first time, the movement is done as a rehearsal while they wait for a colleague. Later, the pattern reflects boredom, anger, humour and the like.

Other choreography details responses to emotions. For example, in a burst of juvenile antics, one young man orders his colleagues to help him fly.

The young actors are not really dancers so there was an interesting edgy intensity to their physicality.


While We Were Waiting
Choreography by Kate Hilliard
Performed by Adam Roper, Drew DeJesus, Josh Rowe, Lauren Ferebee and Tricia Olds with musician/composer Laurence Gingold
At the Theatre Centre, Feb.26 and 27, 2010

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