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The Collectors

The Collectors

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This contemporary dance/theatre piece is a quirky exploration of why people collect everything from coins to stamps to shoes.

Local dancers Frances Young, Brianna Ray Ferguson and Janelle Hacault join choreographer/director Brett Owen in an imaginative work that unfolds like child’s play. As they pull assorted shoes and boots from a massive pile, they invent a gazillion ways to repurpose them with a sense of silly joy.

The mostly one-dimensional characters include: A nerdy, bespectacled Hacault who finally gets in touch with her inner siren after strapping on pink stilettos. Young is a sexy seductress who hip-swivels in lingerie. Owen’s flaming surfer-dude has a penchant for heels while Ferguson serves as generic sidekick.

At first blush, the show seems merely an innocent romp through shoe fanaticism. But it also gently points to the emotional attachments we all experience during our lives as we gather, hoard and cling to our worldly goods.

— Holly Harris

 

From the Fringe program:

The Collectors is a contemporary dance theatre piece that never takes itself too seriously. Using an innovative blend of abstract movement, pop music and assorted footwear, The Collectors aims to explore the concepts of hoarding, materialism and possession.

The shoes in the show represent whatever you collect - whether it's stamps, cars, or moist towelettes.

Created by Brett Owen, The Collectors is upbeat, accessible and relatable. It premiered at the 2010 BC BUDS Arts Fair to audience acclaim.

Director: Brett Owen

Cast: Brett Owen, Frances Young, Janelle Hacault, Brianna Ray Ferguson

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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