Dance? - Mostly, it is...
Nov. 13th, 2008
02:29 am - Dance?
Today I saw a good, thought provoking, funny*, unusual, modern dance performance. I'm doing my usual for theatre dance and seeing it twice - once from back and high (tonight), once from close and low (tomorrow). There are definitely things about it I would like to discuss with someone. This led me to the realization that I know none of my friends well enough to know which, if any, would have strong reactions, let alone what direction and on which axes those would be, to this particular piece. Asking someone and recommending that they spend most of an evening and $30 on a performance without some better knowledge is uncomfortable, especially when most of them aren't long on either resource. Buying them a ticket is more so because it feels like paying someone to have a conversation (not that people don't do that in lots of socially acceptable ways - a lot of schooling, therapy, counselling - but doing it as socializing has negative connotations) and it does nothing about the time factor. About the point where I feel least bad is to point out its existence and ask that if any of them do see it and feel like talking about it, to consider letting me know. If any of you were actually there tonight and I didn't notice you, I'm sorry. I did see someone who I'm pretty sure was Louis Laberge-Côté (looks like him, the person next to him addressed him as Louis, and he is a dancer), who unfortunately won't be performing with the Chimera Project (performing in Toronto in April - I intend to see them) for awhile since he severely dislocated his finger backwards in a fashion difficult to recover from.
In Toronto, La Pornographie des âmes (Bare Naked Souls), the 2004 piece by choreographer Dave St-Pierre of Montreal is showing until the 15th at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre (formerly the Premiere Dance Theatre), and there are still what I would call good seats available for all three remaining nights. Evidently it is touring in other locales, but I don't know where or when.
While I'm not comfortable saying 'I don't know if you'll like this, but here's a ticket if you discuss it with me afterwards', if any of you decide for yourselves that you think that you would like to see it and would go but for the price, I would be happy to provide you with a ticket as a gift.
*er, for values of funny that are not incompatible with, for example, an impression of a theatrical death of a zombie squirrel