Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: (Montreal) Coming and Going

Siren's Call
by Élaine Charlebois

In Stéphanie Morin-Robert’s piece Coming and Going presented by Tangente at Théâtre Prospero,  female contemporary dancers inhabit the stage as the voice and music of poet Ian Ferrier fill the room, adding a narrative nature to the piece. Although there is no clear-cut storyline to Coming and Going, the combination of Ferrier’s beautiful words and the fluid performance of the dancers allowed a feeling of nostalgia to sink in. The poetry and sound allowed the audience to be swayed by the images that were conjured by Ferrier’s words and expressed so wonderfully the comforting yet melancholy mood that is characteristic of sea-port towns. His voice was so soft yet so full of emotion, enriching the piece as it unfolded. 

Bringing the piece to life was the all-female cast of young contemporary dancers. Each dancer brought her own persona to the piece, making it dynamic in spite of the fairly slow-paced movement of Morin-Robert’s choreography. For instance, whereas Marie-France Jacques expressed deep focus and intensity through her performance, Linnea Gwiazda was more emotional and self-aware in her expression. Overall, the collaboration and interaction between performers seemed effortless and fluid, allowing Coming and Going to enchant the audience. 

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