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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

How to be will confound and delight

Behind its quirky message of affirmation that will simultaneously confound and delight, there is some real talent in how to be, the latest in the Boca del Lupo Micro Performance Series.

Taking place inside the tiny Anderson Street Space on Granville Island, this theatrical/dance hybrid only manages to dip its toe in both genres, but that should come as no surprise when you realize that this is the basis for a larger work.

In this iteration, four dancers/actors (Kate Franklin, Kim Stevenson, Justine A. Chambers, and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg) spend the bulk of their time questioning the decisions they have or will make in life, from the minutiae to the more life-changing. At times over-talking each other, we are given quick glimpses into these thoughts, much like, as Friendeberg suggested during her recent interview, overhearing a conversation on a crowded Skytrain train.

The trio at this performance (Justine Chambers was absent opening night due to illness), show off their ample skills as both dancers and actors.  From their multiple entrances at the opening which captures the various ways in which we present ourselves or think we are viewed by others, to the group speak in which the trio talk as one (with a delightful twist that is at times astounding), the evening is punctuated by movement and dance from these obviously talented dancers.

By the end of this quick 30 minutes, you’ll not only wonder how this show will eventually become a full-length piece, but you’ll also walk away with a smile and a better appreciation for the wise words of the King of Affirmation, Stuart Smalley:  “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

how to be continues at The Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson St, Granville Island) until March 1. Created and directed by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg in collaboration with Justine A. Chambers, Susan Elliott, Kate Franklin, Josh Martin, Kim Stevenson, Bevin Poole and Marcus Youssef. A Boca del Lupo presentation. Visit for tickets and information.

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