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firstthingsfirst productions – Namesake

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by Paula Citron

There is something very satisfying about a concert that features superb dancers and a potpourri of eye-catching choreography. In the cleverly titled dance program Namesake – three Kates – Kate Franklin, Kate Holden and Kate Alton – were the dancers who performed choreography by Alton, Claudia Moore, Matjash Mrozewski, Laurence Lemieux and D.A. Hoskins. The sell-out crowds that attended the show confirmed the huge following that these Kates have.

My favourite work was Alton’s Double Life performed by Franklin and Holden. It was a piece about a tortuous symbiotic relationship or perhaps the conflict between an inner and outer psyche. At any rate, it was clear that Franklin dominated while Holden struggled to break free in movement that was robotic, strenuous and intricately timed.

Each woman performed a fetching solo as well, while Hoskins gave them their trio. His Bluestory was about the element of air, and the gorgeous, looping and extended physicality tried to escape gravity while raising questions about human encounters.

From the Winchester Street Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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