THE ONE, THE OTHER ONE, & THE MANY (The Naked Stark): 2016 Fringe review 80

Excerpted by kind permission from thINKingDANCE

nakedstark_featuredimage-1200x1159In the initial darkness, which remained throughout most of The Naked Stark’s THE ONE, THE OTHER ONE, & THE MANY, lights attached to boots clicked on. Three pairs of dark boots stomped among seven other pairs of feet wearing only socks. The rigid and guarded contrasted with the soft and exposed; power with vulnerability. One group, well equipped for rough terrain, marched in circles with force and dominance.

The socked dancers poured in and out of a door on one side of the stage, sliding through and past each other like a spouting water fountain. The booted villains watched among the audience, which was sectioned into the four corners of the stage. The set-up made it easy to oversee the action from every angle. Soon the propelling, socked dancers were herded like cattle behind closed doors. Individuals began confronting one another in primal, circular patterns… THE ONE, THE OTHER ONE, & THE MANY reflected an everlasting struggle, a universal dynamic to shift parochial perspectives through time and evolving relationships. The many create a norm, blindly abiding in fear. One stands up and challenges authority. Another follows. A fight for change has begun. Read the full review at thINKingDANCE.net >>>

[The Naked Stark at Mascher Space Cooperative] September 10-16, 2016; fringearts.com/one-one-many.

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Whitney Weinstein for thINKingDANCE

Whitney H. Weinstein arrived in Philadelphia in 2008 to expand on her small-town life in Lancaster, PA. Upon completion of her BFA in dance at Temple University, Whitney continued choreographing small masterpieces and instilling knowledge in young dancers at Orlandi Dance Center, the Lionville Community YMCA, and Barclay Early Childhood Education Center. She is interested in bridging the gap between being a pedestrian and dance professional with coEXIST Dance Company, and analyzes that gap with thINKingDANCE. With a range of experience from her many roles as teacher, student, performer, and traveler, Whitney furthers her explorations of multiple art forms by shifting through different communities. Whitney has grooved with artists such as LEVYdance, Tiffany Mills, and Janis Brenner, and frolicked with Dangerous and Movin’ Dance Company, Hypen-Nation Arts, Dance Max Moving Company, Grant Street Dance Company, Youtheathre, CoJoMotion, and Temple University concerts.