The Vancouver Fringe Festival takes its tagline “Theatre for Everyone” seriously by not only offering traditional (if you can call the Fringe “traditional”) theatre offerings, but by branching out to other genres, including dance.
Case in point is the O Albatross presentation of In Several Times.
Described as “an enchanting choreography of space, memory, and the body”, this one is definitely for the contemporary dance lovers among the Fringe crowd. For those of us more used to narrative-based offerings, it is a challenge.
While I drifted in-and-out while watching, there is an appreciation for the athleticism of the dancers and their commitment to the material. As described, it is “hypnotic”, but that only intensified my disconnection. Disappointingly, the promised “wafts of fresh dill and lemon” never materialized inside the large theatre.
A word on the listing for In Several Times on the Vancouver Fringe Festival website. To avoid any potential confusion, the media quotes provided are for the critically acclaimed Awkward Hug, which shares the same director with this dance piece. They are not for this show.
In Several Times continues at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver) as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.