The Arts

Crazyfish Collective and JD Dance

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

The Drowning Anthology (Crazyfish Collective)
Choreographed by Lynndsey Larre and Sasha Ivanochko
Performed by Heather Berry, David Kraft, Erika-Leigh Stirton,
Jessica Wilson and Michael Caldwell

Ink to Flesh (JD Dance)
Choreographed by JD Dance and Kate Franklin
Performed by Jesse Dell and Jordana Deveau
Young Centre, Oct. 13 to 23, 2010

Two young dance companies are presenting interesting shows at the Young Centre.

Crazyfish Collective and JD Dance alternate programs beginning at 7 and 8:30 pm, so it’s possible to catch these Young Turks on the same evening.

The two companies are quite different. Crazyfish’s show, The Drowning Anthology, is intellectual and cerebral, while JD Dance’s Ink to Flesh is very visual.

Crazyfish is repeating their T.S. Eliot-inspired The Waste Land Variations, and Lynndsey Larre’s anguished choreography holds up very well. Sasha Ivanochko’s Untitled Riot uses Aaron Lumley’s cacophonous score to underwrite savage shakings and body distortions. This company is into human angst.

JD Dance is Jesse Dell and Jordana Deveau who present their own choreography as well as a piece by Kate Franklin. Their attractive dances include clever props, costumes and original music to make social statements.

These worthy young artists show that the new generation of Toronto Dance is in good hands.

Crazyfish Collective and JD Dance continue at the Young Centre
until Oct. 23.

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