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Trashbot Apocalpyse: A Love Story

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At the fringe, modern dance troupes have sneakily employed lurid or sensational titles to help snare audiences that might not otherwise be drawn to, well, modern dance.

Case in point: This locally produced terpsichorean effort is performed in front of a huge video screen depicting an animated history of civilization, wherein a bendy blue figure with head lamp eyes transforms from a nature deity to an angry Mayan god and finally an industrial Moloch-robot. In the foreground, dancers Katrina Grogan-Kalnuk, Lulu May, Alexandra Winters and Frances Young are tasked with interpreting human struggles in four pieces designed by four different choreographers.

The dance could have been better integrated into the video-screen action, which would seem to be the point of utilizing this elaborate video backdrop in the first place. Fortunately, the dancers are skilled and expressive on their own, and watching them is a pleasure, even as one suppresses the urge to shout: “Who left the damn TV on?”

— Randall King

From the Fringe program:

Dancers collide with animators like the Big Bang, bringing to life a universe (created and destroyed in 45 minutes) in which humans struggle with overconsumption and their own shameful creation - the fury of the Trashbot.

 

Visual storytelling at its most epic, powered by a driving soundtrack by Joe Silva.

 

Recommended For: General Audience

 

Length: 45 min

 

Tickets: $10

 

Warnings: Strobe Lights, loud musi

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