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8: Bit - The Videogame Dance

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On paper, a contemporary dance show immersing you in the music and action of video games seems like a nifty idea. Unfortunately, Alberta-based Mike Ikeda and Richard Lee’s hour-long show is like a combination of Spy Kids: Game Over and that SNL sketch where Justin Timberlake tries to dance his way out of a mineshaft, and it doesn’t compare favourably to either one.

There were numerous sound and lighting difficulties throughout the show. Often the music was so loud that dialogue was inaudible.

The story was unpredictable only to people who’ve never seen Tron. Ikeda and Lee, while talented dancers, were under-rehearsed, their movements often out of synch, although the Battletoads and Street Fighter sequences displayed some clever choreography. There might be some slight nostalgic value here if simply hearing the electronic bleeps from Super Mario pushes your buttons.

— Ben Wiebe

From the Fringe program:

After a neurological experiment goes awry, two half-brothers are trapped inside a video game and must dance/fight their way out. They must overcome their mutual hatred, along with the fast-paced nuances of your favourite childhood games in order to survive.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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