Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Bash on Regardless

  • Print

star star star star star star star star star star   Free Press Rating

NOT YET RATED   Average Reader Rating

    Your Rating

School of Contemporary Dancers (Venue 24), to Sunday

Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author of the 1945 classic By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, loved British poet George Barker with all-consuming passion that made her a social outcast. The womanizing Barker was married, but Smart bore four of his children without regret, always believing their love was real and true.

In Bash on Regardless, choreographer Brent Lott, artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, captures Smart’s outsider spirit, erotic ardour, pain, jealousy and idealism in an extraordinary, heart-stopping fusion of movement and text. The latter is exquisitely penned by Manitoba poet Jaik Josephson and delivered by the dancers, who prove themselves compelling actors. Each of five female dancers portrays facets of Smart.

The six-dancer, 75-minute work is a preliminary version of next season’s 97 Positions of the Heart, which is to have a commissioned score, set, costumes and (probably ill-advised) video. It’s already the best, most moving piece Lott has ever done. Please, WCD, don’t mess it up. Only the opening scene could perhaps be clarified.

One artist’s story resonates here as a universal one about bashing on and being true to oneself, in spite of losing a great love. Don’t miss it.

— Alison Mayes

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Chronicling the passionate and often turbulent world of Canadian writer Elizabeth Smart, Bash On Regardless is a dance/theatre production of staggering beauty. Staring down the punishing expectations for women in the first half of the last century, Elizabeth side-stepped convention to demand a place in the adventure. This bohemian unwed mother of four, devoured life unbridled, without apology.

http://www.winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca/

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Students, Seniors

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

video player to use on WFP
History

Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM CDT:
Adds review

  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

RMTC preview of Good People

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009
  • horse in sunset - marc gallant

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google