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Review: Kinetic's Open Studio Series 

Kinetic Studio showcases four works-in-progress.

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Kinetic Studio has opened its doors to once again showcase works-in-progress of performers from Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal. Each of the artists is participating in the Kinetic Explorations program, which supports the creation of new choreography.

Dustin Harvey of Halifax’s Secret Theatre opened the evening with an excerpt from Less + More, in which he recites a Shakespeare sonnet repeatedly, each time with a new constraint of less or more: more beer, less clothes, more confetti, to name a few. The suggestions come from Harvey's previous audience surveys and  are then imposed upon the proceedings, resulting in absurd and hilarious reinterpretations of the performance.

Halifax dancer George Skinner performed House, a more earnest and accessible piece that wears its heart on its sleeve. By contrast, the Montreal-based duo of Aliah Schwartz and Guillaume Loslier-Pinard presented No Need For Blue Jeans Here, a surreal and comical exploration of who knows what? Maybe death, hiking, or a world controlled by potted plants.

The most arresting piece of the evening was Toronto dancer Molly Johnson’s me and the patriarchy, in which Johnson dances with small baby doll, but quickly thwarts any expectation of a maternal relationship. It is tense and evocative to watch Johnson push herself to the point of exhaustion while the congruity between woman and child gradually becomes suffocating and violent.

Until November 5th
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