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Drive Dance is a local contemporary troupe that has enjoyed a run of critically acclaimed shows at recent fringe fests. In their professional-calibre productions, they perform works by senior Winnipeg choreographers Gaile Petursson-Hiley and Stephanie Ballard.

This year’s hour-long outing, Accelerate, does see the youthful company surge forward in terms of unity and technical prowess. The three women are extremely well-matched, and six guest men hold their own impressively. But the uplifting beauty of past shows is in short supply. There’s a lack of variety in the five works, with too much sameness in the often-tormented movement and far too much dark, heavy, extremely repetitive music.

The troupe recognizes that dollops of lightness are needed, but several of the dance interludes consist of irritating quirk for quirk’s sake. The final interlude is a delightful male trio with a delicious Eastern flavour. It shifts Accelerate into the fast lane before a final piece too similar to what has come before, in awful costumes befitting a dance-school recital.

— Alison Mayes

From the Fringe program:

Cast: Kathleen Hiley, Arlo Reva, Robyn Thomson-Kacki, Ardley Zozobrado, Warren McClelland, Aaron Paul

With beauty, wit and athleticism, Drive Dance takes the audience on a fast-paced ride into the dynamic world of modern dance. Accelerate fuels your deepest senses with highly physical, emotionally charged and stimulating choreography.

The young and energetic ensemble performed to sold-out houses earning ***** from CBC Manitoba and ***** from the Winnipeg Free Press as well as Best of Fest 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

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