The Arts

Up Until Now

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

Up Until Now
Choreographed, directed and designed by Deborah Hay
Toronto Dance Theatre
Winchester Street Theatre
Oct. 20 to 23, 2010

In Toronto Dance Theatre’s performance of Deborah Hay’s Up Until Now, the 12 company members are so alive, so in the moment, that you feel you know them as people.

When Hay first set Up Until Now on TDT in January, 2009, her emphasis was on the “how” rather than the “doing”. She strips away the “dos” that are part of a dancer’s craft, to reveal that performance is a thing in itself.

What Up Until Now does is show the dancers in the delirious freedom of performance. There is no music. The dancers are the orchestra who sing, make noises, and speak both gibberish and real languages. Their movement may be laughable, even embarrassing, but they radiate confidence.

There is something very special about seeing artists so open and vulnerable, yet because they are emboldened by the process of performance, they seduce the audience into the dance.

Up Until Now continues at Winchester Street Theatre until Oct. 23.

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