In modern dance these days, it’s unusual to see choreography that responds emotionally to music. Beauty is something we don’t see much, either. So Rouge is an old-fashioned hour of contemporary dance, and I mean that in the most positive way.
It’s wonderful to see four young female grads of the School of Contemporary Dancers invest heart, soul, muscle and grace into eight group and solo pieces donated to them by two of Winnipeg’s most senior choreographers, Gaile Petursson-Hiley and Stephanie Ballard.
The colour red is effectively used to unify the program, which includes some quirky humour. Though some of the works are 20-plus years old, the two standouts — the first and last piece — are from 2004 and 2009, respectively.
Petursson-Hiley’s Where Regrets End is lyrical and life-affirming, set in part to gorgeous music by the string quartet Bond. Ballard’s In Scarlet, to a Ryuichi Sakamoto score, is passionate, theatrical, deeply musical and emotionally stirring.
Call me old-school, but I still think those are good things.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
With athleticism and sensation, Rouge takes the audience down a dynamic dance freeway exploring themes of womanhood, ritual, vulnerability and strength through modern dance.
The four-dancer show features works gifted to Drive Dance by internationally renowned choreographers Stephanie Ballard and Gaile Petursson-Hiley.
Rachel Browne Theatre (Venue 8), to Saturday
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Kids (12 & under), Fringe Performers, Unemployed