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DanceWorks – Tedd Robinson’s Redd and Denise Fujiwara’s No Exit

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by Paula Citron

There is something very satisfying about the choreography of senior artists. It is food both for the mind and the eye. In an inspired program, DanceWorks brought together Tedd Robinson and Denise Fujiwara and their dances worked on every level.

Robinson is making his farewell as a dancer, and Redd is his solo swan song. With his customary droll text and quirky use of props, he delighted the audience with his homilies and philosophy inspired by his move to the country. In three parts, Reading, Dreaming and Dying, he took us from reality, to fantasy, to acceptance of the passing years. It was an exhilarating journey.

Fujiwara was inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existential masterpiece No Exit, where three people are trapped together in a drawing room where they discover that “hell is other people”. Her excellent cast of Miko Sobreira, Sasha Ivanochko and Rebecca Hope Terry captured the torturous relationships through intense butoh-like movement and silent screams.

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

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