Skip to main content

Review: REAson d'etre Dance Productions' Unravelling the Tight Weave

Review: REAson d'etre Dance Productions
Unravelling the Tight Weave
June 23 to 25, 2011
Winchester Theatre, Toront
o

Unravelling the Tight Weave is a fascinating tableau of dance theatre that explores the ties that bind us - or not - the complex and ever changing interconnections between people and fate.

The narrative is this: a man meets the Norns, female deities from Norse mythology who govern destiny. While the origins of the word Norn are unknown, some scholars speculate it comes from a word that means twine, just as the Fates of classical Greek legend spun the fates of both men and gods. Twine is an integral part of this piece, in balls of twine of varying size and a long scarf with dangling threads on the stage, all of which become part of the dance in various ways. The five dancers who represent the Norns wear loose garments with threads that unravel at the back, and begin the piece literally entwined together while the man tries to fashion precise geometric patterns on the ground with his string.

The Norns are neither good nor bad; their influence is both benevolent and malevolent by turns. They push and cajole him from his path, dancing wildly in contrast to the more precise and repetitive movements of the man and other dancers. At times they seem helpful, but ever capricious, just at the balls of thread are sometimes used playfully, at others thrown like a weapon to knock him off balance.

There's always more than one thing happening on stage. The 12 dancers connect at times as couples who embrace and entangle in each other and then separate; they dance in pairs and groups that form and reform, sometimes simply observing the movement from the side of the stage. They sit, hold, lie on and run with the balls of twine and threads from the scarf. The strings can tie them together or separate them from each other.

The choreographic language is expressive and emotional, and the dancers assume a range of dramatic roles quite convincingly. It's a varied and engaging programme aided by changes of pace and mood, and in the music which ranges from dissonant electronica to jazzy and rootsy songs.

To add to the varied approach, Unravelling the Tight Weave is part of VIVID4, which includes a second piece, The Wild in Us (see the schedule below - you can see both shows on the same days - ticketed separately). In the hour between shows, you can enjoy the giant knitting/dance installation occurring outside the theatre, and on the Friday and Saturday evening shows, there will be a pre-show talk at 8pm: The Art of Dance Dramaturgy with Kathleen Rea and Tristan Whiston

Unravelling the Tight Weave
Performers: REAson d'etre company dancers and guest artists: Yves Candau, Miranda Forbes, Samantha Farruggio, Janet Johnson, Karen Kaeja, Kirstie Keenan, Suzanne Liska, Sarah MacDonald, Jessica Runge, Holly Small, Teisha Smith and Lee Walder.
Choreography: Kathleen Rea (pictured right)
Dramaturgy: Tristan Whiston
Lighting Designer: Gabriel Cropley

VIVID4 - Show Schedules
Unraveling The Tight Weave
• 8:30 pm, Thursday June 23 to Saturday June 25, 2011
• 2:30 pm, Sunday June 26, 2011

The Wild In Us
• 7:00 to 7:30 pm, Thursday June 23 to Saturday June 25, 2011
• 1:00 to 1:30 pm, Sunday June 26, 2011

Comments

What Else Is Hot This Week?

FACTORY presents World Premiere ACTS OF FAITH November 19 to 28 2020 - Free Livestream

 From a media release: World Premiere FACTORY presents  ACTS OF FAITH by David Yee Directed by Nina Lee Aquino Starring Natasha Mumba November 19 – 28, 2020 @ 7:30PM Streamed live for 6 performances Free of charge TORONTO (October 19, 2020) - To kick off its groundbreaking 2020/21 season, Factory presents the world premiere of acts of faith, by multi-award winning Asian Canadian playwright David Yee, directed by Nina Lee Aquino, and starring Natasha Mumba. Written specifically to be performed for a digital platform, acts of faith will stream live to audiences at home for six performances, November 19-28, 2020.  Thanks to the generous support of the TD Bank Group, admission is being offered entirely free of charge to audiences across the country and beyond. acts of faith tells a story about the power of faith, the inescapable persistence of our online identities, and the nature of truth in a digital age. The story follows Faith, a young woman who gets mistaken for a prophet. When a ques

Blues Single | Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020)

Blues Single Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020) Stream It From Your Fave Service Waiting is the latest in a string of singles released by Bushwick Blooze Band. The Brooklyn-based blues trio have been performing and recording the blues around the NYC area since 2018. Their first album "Cryin' for the L Train" was released in January 2019, and included covers of famous songs composed by their greatest influencers such as Little Richard, The Allman Brothers Band, Freddie King, and Eddie Vinson.  Bushwick Blooze Band is finishing up the production of their second album "Yes Dear" and unlike the previous cover record, this new album will be their first original contribution to the genres they love. Waiting is an upbeat blues track with a party kind of veneer over solid musicianship. What begins with a classic blues feel transforms into an extended psychadelic flavoured trip. Inventive guitar licks almost make you forget about the virtuosity

Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 Online - PWYC

 From a media release: Batuki Music Society and Alliance Francaise Toronto present A virtual concert featuring Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 at 8:00 PM Enjoy the concert from home! K inshasa’s vibrant nightlife has long been world-famous. It is home to the subculture known informally as the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People (SAPEUR), which has spread its influence through artists such as Papa Wemba. Blaise La Bamba is part of this scene. He has worked with some of the top names of Congolese music, in particular General Defao. I n 2018, Blaise La Bamba founded Kotakoli , an all-star collective of musicians that perform an energetic mix of Congolese rumba and soukous . In the company of Kotakoli, this veteran musician brings Congolese popular music back to the forefront, with spellbinding dances. The Details Date: Saturday November 7th, 2021  Blaise La Bamba and Kotakoli Virtual Concert Time: 8:00 PM Tickets: Pay what you can This concert is offered to you

CD Release: TriBeCaStan's New Deli Breaks the Time/Space Continuum in New Deli (Feb 7)

From a media release: New Release from Little Known Government of TriBeCaStan : Capital New Deli Found to Have Irregular Time-Space Continuum EverGreene Music - February 7, 2012 TriBeCaStan: News Alert. This morning Aljazzeera reported that the questionable nation of TriBeCaStan ( www.tribecastan.tv ) has made scientific breakthroughs in time travel. The unrecognized republic of nomads has broken the code of the time/space continuum. And by broken we mean: it no longer works. Applying sonic techniques once only known to a small group of punk rock shamans, the nation's most prestigious scientific entity, the TriBeCaStani FolkLorkEstra, uses sound alone to simultaneously place listeners in eras separated by decades and terrains separated by oceans. The breakthrough is outlined in an auditory compendium titled New Deli (distributed by the state-run EverGreene Music, set for release February 7, 2012 ), a recording that allows the world to experience a type of soulful networking mor

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020)

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020) New York City based singer and songwriter Shihori's new single Soul Trip is atmospheric and ambient. Interesting rhythms and interwoven melodic vocal lines showcase jazzy harmonic progressions in a slow groove mode.  As a songwriter, she uses electronic effects with impeccable musical taste. As a singer, her flexible vocals range from a sweet soprano to a strong mid-range. A veteran of the Japanese pop scene, Shihori moved to New York City in 2018, a move she talks about in a media release. "I was so surprised when I came to NY for the first time. Independent and strong women are respected and there are lots of different preferences in music and style. I thought, 'oh my God! This place really accepts uniqueness and freedom! I didn't know there is a place like this totally different world that allows you to be yourself. Everybody looks so different. So many races, colors, cultures, fashion, ideas...I am so