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Valence

Valence

Chroegrpahed by Christopher Gonzalez La Corte

Explore Theatre and Dance

Red Venue, Orlando Fringe Festival

Loch Haven Park, Orlando, Fl</strong>

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This commentray is based on a technical preview.

Here’s a calm pool of dance in this hectic month of theater. Preshow we are encouraged to re-arrange names and numbers on a card; it appears as if we are getting ready for a “Do it Yourself Dance Adventure.” But the charted inputs never resurface: maybe they forget about it or maybe we provided excessive and unexpected audience input. Either way, nine dancers invigorate the troupe; they perform in twos and threes and fours, sometimes with an ironic vocal track, sometimes with calm music. Choreographer La Corte works with a sound track about Middle School bullying; other dance numbers offer stories of personal disappointment and stress. It’s not clear what emotions are intended: sometimes we see fear and revulsion, sometimes hope and regeneration and many times the movements could be interpreted wither way. Not all of the dancers are classical physiques; some pant noticeably after a particularly strenuous number. I counted 12 scenes, and they are each a calming passage in a cool dark room.

This show was part of the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival. Information on tickets and times may be found at www.OrlandoFringe.org.


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