You get to sit and watch people dance
Sometimes it feels good to take a break from all those yackety plays and just sit down and watch people move around.
Women are in the spotlight in many of the Fringe’s dance shows. Fracture (from July 5 at the Randolph), by the Good Women Dance Collective, explores women disconnecting and reconnecting, while Hanna Kent’s Piece Of Mind (from Wednesday, July 3, at Robert Gill) looks at women and extreme states.
A couple of shows draw on urban issues. Emily Law and Ashley Perez’s Jack Your Body (from July 5 at the Randolph) looks at voguing and other underground social dances popular from the 1970s through 90s, while Twisted Beats & Circus Feats (from July 4 at the Annex Theatre) adds acrobatics, hip-hop and contortionism to the story of a clown who falls in love with a ballerina.
Fans of multicultural dance will want to see A Glance At Chinese Performing Arts (from Wednesday, July 3 at the Tarragon Mainspace), which uses movement to portray the 56 ethnic groups in China, and Paromita Kar brings her training in classical Indian dance to Corpus Matris (from Wednesday, July 3 at Passe Muraille Mainspace).
If you’re new to dance, a good place to begin might be O(h) (from July 5 at Helen Gardiner Phelan), Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith’s show about the process of making a dance piece, including choosing the music, drawing on the work of other choreographers and arguing.
No 20 Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith explore the big O(h).