The Domino Effect (Andrea Spaziani) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

The Domino Effect

Today was my day to  see dance.  I have to admit that I saw more dance today (2 Shows) than I’ve seen in the last 20 years.

The Domino Effect is a “..mixed program of urban and contemporary dance”. I enjoyed the show but I can’t say that I’ll be racing out to see more urban and contemporary dance.

Some of it looked like gymnastics to me.  Amazing movement but not what I think of as dance. (Not, as you’ve probably gathered, that I know anything about dance.) If you’re a fan of urban and contemporary dance you’ll enjoy the show.

There was humour, always nice, and a solo dance that was terrific.

I find that if dancers are supposed to be dancing in unison and one person is slightly off it draws my eye and I can’t focus on the other dancers.  In the first number particularly there was first on dancer and then another who wasn’t quite synchronized with the others.

I ran into a friend at the show.  She was with her 20ish niece.  She and I are the same age, 60ish, and we had mixed feelings.  Her niece loved the show.  Maybe it’s an age thing.


The Domino Effect is playing at Tarragon Theatre Mainstage, 30 Bridgman Avenue (N of Dupont, E of Bathurst)
– Thu, July 1 6:30 PM
Sat, July 3 Noon
Mon, July 5 4:30 PM
Wed, July 7 9:15 PM
Thu, July 8 4:00 PM
Fri, July 9 7:00 PM
Sun, July 11 1:45 PM
– All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only),  Online at, by Phone at 416-966-1062, in person (June 30 – July 11 only) at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street (Advance tickets are $11 ($10+$1 convenience fee), and $5 for FringeKids (no convenience fee for kids tickets).
– Several money-saving passes are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows