by Paula Citron
The Four Horsemen Project is an utterly refreshing dancetheatre production unlike anything else.
For those old enough to remember, The Four Horsemen were an avant-garde sound poetry group that dominated the Toronto underground arts scene in the 1970s with their play on words and expressive use of spoken jazz. The Four Horsemen Project is director Ross Manson’s and choreographer Kate Alton’s homage to these experimental sound poets with help from brilliant animation from Bruce Alcock. Dancers Jennifer Dahl, Graham McKelvie, Naoko Murakoshi and Andrea Nann, garbed in Cass Reimer’s outrageous 70s costumes, put their total bodies and voices into play as they never have before.
It does get a bit repetitive towards the end, and just a movement sequence to the original Four Horsemen, just for variety, would have been nice, but this divine show is a creative wonderland for the eyes and the ears, and is not to be missed.
The Four Horsemen Project continues until Mar. 4.
From the Factory Theatre Mainspace, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.