WOULD I LIE TO YOU? (RealLivePeople): Fringe Review 26

This review is excerpted from thINKingDANCE.

Compelling in its investigation of untruths, half-truths, white lies, omissions, and embellishments, WOULD I LIE TO YOU? left me with questions. What is a lie? Is something a lie if we lie only to ourselves? Is an incorrect assumption a lie? How often do I lie to myself?

would-i-lie-to-youThe RealLivePeople performers ask these questions of the audience and themselves, using audience-submitted lies for improvisational skits and performing to audio interviews of cast members detailing their beliefs about, and instances of, lying. Gliding between others’ outstretched limbs, pausing in handstands and shoulder supports, the cast carves, darts, and slides through translucent white curtains. The dancing is often interrupted by a repeated trope: one dancer reads an audience-submitted lie aloud, while others enact the scenario in an improvisational structure that felt like a drama-class warm up—more play-acting (eliciting guffaws from the audience) than physical movement. Though often the text felt separate from the movement, an exception was a duet structure peppered between the more athletic sections: two dancers improvise movement while taking turns making statements about each other. Guessing at assumptions initiates changes in pathways: a correct guess—“Drew’s family is supportive of his dancing”—leads to a forward progression. An incorrect jab—a lie?— “Gina does not experience stress or anxiety in her daily life”—causes a regressing pathway. These moments, where the dancer spoken about considers the truthfulness of the statement, are the most human—most truthful—in the piece. [The Latvian Society] September 5-10, 2014; fringearts.com/would-i-lie-to-you.

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Becca Weber for thINKingDANCE

Becca Weber is always asking questions. Usually, these investigate where the body meets the brain—where dance and Somatics intersect. She is a TA and MFA Candidate in Dance at Temple University. Becca holds a Master’s degree in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire. As director of Somanaut Dance, her choreography has been presented at various venues in Philadelphia, New York, Georgia, Delaware, and the UK. She has performed for many independent choreographers in Philadelphia, including Ellie Goudie-Averill (Stone Depot Dance Lab), Eun Jung Choi, Michael T. Roberts, Danielle Greene, and others. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Rebecca is an associate editor for the journal Dance, Movement and Spiritualities and assistant editor of the forthcoming book, Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives.i»¿ In short, she loves to play with people, space, ideas, and words. thINKingDANCE focuses on the Philadelphia area’s professional dance groups, that is, those with a toehold of a few years’ experience, plus some of the aspiring ones. With a hefty population of individual artists and groups, our priority is to give them coverage, along with touring companies performing here, and an occasional glance at TV dance contests or other popular and participatory forms. Visit thINKingDANCE.net/