Five strong female dancers took The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator stage in an abstract contemporary dance number that was both physically demanding and also quite intense. Choreographed by well-known choreographer Amanda Acorn, the SummerWorks production multiform(s) was a fluid, dynamic piece that showed a great deal of willpower and endurance.
It is always fun to walk into a theatre and be welcomed in by the performers already dancing on the stage. One of the movements that caught my eye was a repetitive motion with their heads and necks that had a sort of whiplash feel to it. Even though the movements looked simple, the difficulty of moving the head and neck back and forth required a lot of focus and strength. I know if I was doing that particular repetitive movement I’d be paying a visit to my massage therapist right after!
Although it sometimes looked like it was all improvisation, there were moments in the piece that the dancers came together as a group and moved in sync. I loved the surprise element of the choreography. I never knew what to expect.
For the most part, the dancers performed non-stop, taking only one brief breather on the dance floor. I think it was in that moment I took a breath as well. I could feel the exhaustion from all that movement!
What I particularly enjoyed was the live sound by Germaine Liu. Liu walked from corner-to-corner of the theatre, playing unique and mysterious sounds. In particular, the look of concentration and intensity in her face was what lured me in. I would have loved it if she was on the main stage itself and not behind or on the side of the audience.
Even though I am personally more drawn to story-telling in performance, I can appreciate the physicality and commitment this performance demanded of the dancers. If you enjoy beautiful abstract contemporary dance, than check out multiform(s) at SummerWorks.
multiform(s) is playing at The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator, 1115 Queen St. West
Thursday August 6th @ 6:00 PM
Saturday August 8th @ 7:45 PM
Wednesday August 12th @ 5:00 PM
Sunday August 16th @1:00 PM
Individual SummerWorks tickets are $15 at the door (cash only). Live Art Series tickets are free – $20. Tickets are available online at summerworks.ca, by phone at 888-328-8384, Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm, in person at the SummerWorks Info Booth – located at SummerWorks Central Box Office – located at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St). Open August 4-16 from 10am-7pm (Advance tickets are $15 + service fee)
Several money-saving passes are available if you plan to see at least 3 shows
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