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Vancouver/Dancing on the Edge Festival 2007 – Amber Funk Barton’s Risk

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by Paula Citron

This week I’m at the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver.

Amber Funk Barton is part of the Vancouver new wave of dance. She represents many young choreographers with her combination of ballet, jazz, urban dance, the martial arts, sports and gymnastics.

Barton’s new work “Risk” is troubling because the young woman puts herself in an abusive situation. That being said, Barton is a young choreographer to be reckoned with because she can create movement that conveys theme and character.

Barton appears with four young men. She wants to be one of the boys, and throughout the work the young men compete with each other while Barton competes with them. She is not treated well by any of them. Collectively, the five are a good-looking group and their exciting ensemble numbers throb and vibrate with raging hormones.

To her credit, Barton does try to show a sense of malaise of these twentysomethings amid the one-upmanship and cruelty.

From Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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