Everything in Moderation 2011 Fringe Review

Everything in Moderation creates a great atmosphere at the George Ignattief Theatre. A stunning duet performance takes over this small venue. The main focus in this show is the dance, and it is amazing how through dance a common, everyday issue can be conveyed so convincingly. Everything in Moderation, but what happens if you are already over saturated? The issues are current as well as the music and dance style.

The show begins with a song by M.I.A. (Meds and Feds) and writhing movements on the floor. Thankfully these end soon enough, but serve a specific purpose in determining the foundation for the rest of the show.

The choice of song immediately relates the show to a younger audience. Due to the structure of a dance performance, there isn’t a specific linear plot, instead an idea that is presented using two different avenues in the first and second acts. A beautiful and unusual dance sequence in the first half, and a comedic dance work out in the second.

With no props, and minimal lighting changes the dance and music are the main focus of the show. The music provides a great foundation and as it changes continuously there is unsynchronized repetition in the dance routine to hold the performance together.

I don’t have ample experience in watching dance performances, especially contemporary dance and this show is perfect for me. It is precise and to the point yet very expressive. Despite a lack of dialogue this duet delivers the message from the beginning and drives it home in the remainder of the show.

Everything in Moderation deals with a problem that is occurring now more than ever – over saturation. This can be interpreted in many ways depending on the audiences own perspective.

As a young adult myself, having grown up in the internet age and just recently graduated from university, I can relate to this subject very easily. I would certainly recommend this show to others in their 20s who have most definitely experienced the effects of over saturation.

Everything in Moderation plays at George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – 8:45pm
Saturday, July 9, 2011 – 12:00pm
Sunday, July 10, 2011 – 1:15pm
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 – 5:15pm
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 – 9:15pm
Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 2:15pm
Saturday, July 16, 2011 – 9:45pm

– All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only).
– Advance tickets are $11, available online at www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062, in person at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street

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