by Paula Citron
In an inspired program in Harbourfront’s New World Stage series, the double bill of internationally acclaimed solo dancer/choreographers, Canadian Sarah Chase and Brazilian Cristina Moura, gives the audience two very different but fascinating perspectives on text/movement fusion.
The tall and elegant Chase performs with lyrical grace. Her gentle voice lovingly caresses her words, and her dance world is adagio – calm, unhurried, thoughtful and inviting. Moura is a wild child, short, compact and muscular. Her attitude is combative, provocative and unpredictable. If Chase is intellect and reason, Moura is confusion and contradiction.
In “The Passenger”, Chase’s point of departure is the extinction of the passenger pigeon in 1914 which leads her to abstract into other extinctions that occur within the human condition. Moura’s “like an idiot” is her tumultuous journey to find out who she really is.
Together, Chase and Moura make for a rich evening.
The double bill of Sarah Chase and Cristina Moura continues until Thursday.
From the Enwave Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.