Pascale Yensen and Anastasia Wansbrough Leap into the Montreal Fringe with a Dynamic Dance Double Bill
We read a lot of new plays at Newborn Theatre. It turns out, across the board, new playwrights seem to forget that their characters have moving bodies. I used to be one of those playwrights. But then a lovely dramaturge of mine, Dahlia Katz, reminded me to indulge in a dynamic I constantly ignored: Movement. Do it. Watch it. Respect it. Learn the art of storytelling through movement, dance, gesture, even if it means editing out some of your precious words. Dancers trust their bodies with concepts that writers can only communicate through wordy-hey-I-have-a-voice-so-hear-me-roar dialogue. We don't realize that amalgamation of the two art forms, writing and dance, brings astounding renewal to old ideas, conventional messages, things we've heard before. It makes sense: If we've heard the same wisdoms over and over again, mightn't it be time to sit back and watch? Pascale Yensen and Anasatasia Wansbrough are two artists who could teach you a lesson in moving messages. Their newest collaboration FRAG/sneak it up your sleeve emerges on the Montreal Fringe scene this year with an interdisciplinary, humorous approach to dancing through their most important intimations.
Their interests merge in this year's double bill with FRAG, the first ever short dance film to hit the Fringe stage and sneak it up your sleeve, a contemporary dance piece which explores shame, taboo and discomfort surrounding the female body.
FRAG, the second film Yensens ever made, is the first love child of her new romance with "dance theatre". The film displays three different dancers in downtown Montreal in their most vulnerable, free, fragmented moments living in their natural environments. The combination of concentration character and narrative as well as choreography prove the fortitude in combining dance with theatre. FRAG is a huge stepping stone for Yensen, displaying her love for making people laugh and symbolizing her emergence out of university.
Meanwhile, sneak it up your sleeve, is Wansborough's investigation of personal and emotional states which better form he human ego. Using dance as a tool for conversation, Wansborough works to merge the line between dance and human communication. Capturing several artistic transmission styles, sneak it up your sleeve uses video work, dance, theatre, lecture style, all kinds of presentational whims and whistles to push issues of the female body to an absurd place wherein you have to laugh at your own discomfort.
The two pieces come together in one mega night of performance and presentation, meant to indulge the audience in a purely enjoyable theatrical spectacle. Don't miss this collaborative force majeure opening June 14!
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FRAG/sneak it up your sleeve opens June 14 at the Montreal Improv Theatre.
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