by Paula Citron
Two dance events this weekend were a surprise contrast. At Dancemakers , distinguished choreographer Davida Monk, formerly of Ottawa, now of Calgary, presented The Weathering Suite. It was embarrassingly cliché and inept. Over at Winchester Street Theatre, young Toronto upstart Marie France Forcier’s show was electric.
Monk was inspired by nature and a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. Set to pieces from Canadian composers, Monk’s 8-part work attempted to show the ever-changing sky and humankind’s connection with the elements. Her five various shaped and sized dancers went through repetitive and mawkish patterns that were downright boring. What a disappointment.
On the other hand, Forcier is a name to watch. She tackled deep subjects with vigorous attack and bold, original athletic movement. In Complete Cycles attempted to come to grips with the overlapping lives of five friends during the course of a year, while Nucleus dealt with how relationships change and shift with time. Forcier’s dancers were sharp, and her energetic choreography even sharper.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.