Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review: (Toronto) Gunshot (Fringe)

Not Movement, Moved
by Beat Rice

Gunshot is very much a dance show, and not so much physical theatre as it states in the Fringe program. Amanda Pye and Rhanda Jones have choreographed an interesting and provocative ensemble work.

The piece begins with choreography set to recognizable orchestral scores.

At first this seems jarring because what we are seeing does not match what we are hearing. By the time we accept this as a stylistic choice the music changes. What follows musically for the rest of the show is more electronic and modern. It seemed to be the better choice because it fit, and made me question the opening number, which may very well have been the intention.
After the introduction number the young dancers gather together, seated in the centre of the stage. They proceed to go around and confess their internal struggles in life, mostly feelings of angst and uncertainty about making adult decisions (Everyone in the cast looks under 26). The majority of the comments are vague, and therefore relatable to the masses.

As true as their points may have been, the scene was not needed as the choreography provided enough to be open to interpretation and allow our own emotions to emerge without the hand holding. Uncertainty, overcoming obstacles, and hope were all prevalent and clear throughout the movement. The choreography was sharp and varied. The group moved well together, especially in the moments that explored cause and effect. 

With some refinement, this piece and this company have the potential to put on successful full productions, outside of a festival context.

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