[73] ROOTS (AKA performance): Fringe review

Roots, AKA performance Fringe reviewAKA performance is a new dance collective, formed by young choreographers Katrina Atkin, Ann-Marie Gover, and Alessandra Delle Grotti to showcase their individual approaches to dance. Finding a good balance between individual showcases and a collective voice can be tricky, but these three handle it ably. ROOTS, their contribution to this year’s Fringe, consists of four separate pieces, which aren’t explicitly connected. Instead, each performance serves as a counterpoint to what comes before and after.
The show opens with “Honey Honey,” where two dancers welcome us into the space while they construct an elaborate cat’s cradle. The piece eases us from civilians into audience members, but also paints a picture of women bound up by traditional notions of femininity and how they interpret those bounds. Next is a solo piece “exist expose experience,” an earthy tour de force that is so full-throated you can almost hear it sing. “A Performance on Fear, Fairness, and Masculinity” is the most straightforward piece on the bill, where a male and female dancer turn the floor into the bed of fitful sleepers. Like all good dance, though, the story it tells can only live on the tip of the tongue. Finally, we are treated to “Time is fleeting – Time is eternal.” Ten dancers form a flock and fly through a history of the art. All told, this is a talented group of dancers in the hands of some very capable choreographers. [Mount Vernon Dance Space] September 19-21, 2013, fringearts.ticketleap.com/roots.
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