Women weave tale about their danc­ing lives

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Jan Bol­well and Mona Williams com­bine dance tra­di­tions in Once Upon a Dance which tells the story of their danc­ing lives.

They are both mem­bers of Crows Feet Dance Col­lec­tive, a con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany for ma­ture women in Welling­ton.

Bol­well is also a play­wright and ac­tor, and teaches dance ex­er­cise classes on the Ka¯ piti Coast.

Williams is a well known pro­fes­sional sto­ry­teller tour­ing fre­quently around Aus­trala­sia.

Bol­well, who di­rects Crows Feet, says they both come from dif­fer­ent cul­tural and danc­ing back­grounds.

Williams grew up in what was once Bri­tish Guiana and learned her tra­di­tional dances, as well as study­ing bal­let. Bol­well grew up in Dunedin where she learned High­land and then mod­ern dance. The women said they found it fas­ci­nat­ing to put the dif­fer­ent dance tra­di­tions be­side each other in a the­atri­cal way.

Apart from sto­ry­telling, Bol­well and Williams dance and sing, and the work is richly il­lus­trated with pro­jected im­ages from their lives.

But it’s not all light and amus­ing, says Bol­well, who says at their ages — she’s 68 and Mona 75 — they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced heartache, but dance has helped them over­come these per­sonal trau­mas.

Theatre­view’s re­view in March: “This is the kind of show you should see if you love women, dance, pol­i­tics, be­ing alive, New Zealand, re­bel­lion, mu­sic, strength, his­tory, sto­ries — if you thrive on be­ing part of the world around you and em­brac­ing ev­ery­thing it throws at you, you’ll find some­thing that res­onates. These are two very strong, brave, life ma­ture women. They come from such very dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds and have both faced fierce ad­ver­sity. This pro­duc­tion tells those sto­ries with depth, hu­mour, gen­eros­ity, hon­esty and joy.”

■ Globe 2, Main St, Oc­to­ber 11, 12.30pm and 6pm. Book­ings: www.glo­bethe­atre.co.nz, tick­ets $20 and $15 (con­ces­sion)

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