Reviews to help you through the hit-or-miss loveliness that is the Calgary Fringe Festival
Lantern Church Gym
August 3, 2010
I almost don't feel comfortable writing a review on this show, and here's why: I missed almost half of it and it wasn't even my fault.
The venue for this dance performance was inadequate to the point of uselessness. After struggling in my chair — forward, backward, upward, side-to-side — I gave up and just sat there missing the action. Unless you get a front row seat to this show, you won't see a chunk of the dancing. The legs are blocked by heads and the movement on the ground (which is significant) is totally obscured.
Missing half the movements makes it awfully difficult to appreciate a dance performance. Being so close to the performers that you can hear them breath also removes a critical distance that I find necessary. The magic was not there and it wasn't entirely the fault of the performers.
That said, the moves that I did see were lacking in originality. I didn't expect to find groundbreaking choreography at a fringe show, but this performance lacked excitement.