11 August 2017
Icône Pop (A)
The scene for Icône Pop is set as the audience walks into the blackbox theatre at The Theatre Centre with singer Mykalle Bielinski crooning in the most beautiful ghostly way, and with dancer Mélanie Demers silhouetted in the doors of the studio thrown open onto Queen West, standing in the pouring rain. It’s quite a sight. The rest of the show absolutely lives up to that initial stunning image. Demers is clearly a woman confident and at home on the stage, interested in engaging with the audience and her personal explorations. Her interplay of vocals, speech, and laughter with unique costuming and gestural-based dance is wonderful and unique. The blend of musical and physical styles is interesting, and the show is a success. Icône Pop explores themes of freedom, survival, and metamorphosis in such a way that engages the audience in both humour and fascination. I enjoyed this show and would absolutely recommend it.
To DO To Don’t (B)
Performed in the Franco Boni Theatre at The Theatre Centre, To DO To Don’t is an intimate treat. The performer, Jenn Goodwin, easily draws the audience in to her stylized work. The audio uses in part a track of her reciting lists of things she “really should” (or should not) do. These cheeky lines were what I enjoyed most about the show. Goodwin is able to lay out her worries, passions, and trivial errands in a way that seems both totally individual and completely relatable. Things like, “I really should buy some asparagus”, or “get my oil checked” elicit giggles, but aspects where this woman talks about her life as an artist trying to be brave, proud, and confident threw us into pensive silence. The show is interesting, and the work she’s done to create such a comprehensive movement- and sound-scape is evident.
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