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The Scents of Tang

Alexandra Elliott and Black Heart Dance, Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/8/2011 9:49 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/15/2011 2:28 PM | Updates

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Rachel Browne Theatre (Venue 8), to July 24

The tagline "Enjoy our petals as we smell your rose!" is a clue that this local production lacks something in taste and subtlety.

"Tang" is short for tango, the Argentine inspiration for the choreography by Alexandra Elliott and Renée Vandale. There are no men in the cast, so there’s a lot of girl-on-girl partnering among the five leggy contemporary dancers in fishnet stockings.

In trying to physicalize the gutsy passion and erotic sizzle of the soundtrack tango music, the choreographers verge into overwrought melodrama. If there’s meant to be a narrative — there’s a lot of Carmen-like cat fighting — it’s difficult to follow and comes to a slack ending after 40 minutes.

While there are striking moments, there’s too much gauche mixing of ballet, modern and matador-like moves. The attempt to convey the scent of lust by having the dancers sensually rub their faces and breathe heavily almost works. It’s just laid on too thick.

— Alison Mayes

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Inhale the exotic flavours of black lace and red lips. We are women of pride, desire, sexuality, desperation, passion and lust. We will take you to a sensory world where the rhythms of tango swell and sweat beads across the faces of five modern dancers as they move through motions of emotion. Enjoy our petals as we inhale your rose!

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 min.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 2:28 PM CDT: Adds review

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