The You show
Pite's ingenious choreography and stellar cast of dancers/performers proved a perfect marriage of talent and innovation.
The You show is a brilliant combination of four inventive dance pieces that explore love, self discovery, conflict, and loss. “I want the performance to connect with you and your own body”, Pite says, “I invite you to locate yourself in the dancer and to recognize your own dramas.”
The four pieces performed were:
A Picture of You Falling – performers Peter Chu and Anne Plamondon.
a moving lover's duet telling a story about revisiting the past. The movements are graceful and touching with Chu and Plamondon able to express emotion with the bending of a hand.
The Other You – performers Eric Beauchesne and Jiri Pokorny.
a 20-minute reflective tale of a mysterious connection between two men. Beauchesne and Pokorny are literally mirrored in their impeccable movements, first as a reflection of themselves then morphing into supports that propel each other into the next thought provoking movements.
Das Glashaus – performers Yannick Matthon and Cindy Salgado.
a physically precise performance that repeated itself allowing the audience to connect to the characters and realize the intricate preciseness of the movement and dramatic impulse.
A Picture of You Flying – performers Sandra Marin Garcia, Jermaine Maurice Spivey, and company.
an imaginative adventure about lovers, superheroes, and transformers.
The performances were powerful and emotional. Precision placement, movement, and expression transfixed and drew us into the romance and drama through to the highly comedic finale ensemble piece that had the entire company morphing into giant human transformers, and the audience laughing out loud.
The lighting design (Robert Sondergaard) and music/sound design (Owen Belton) were excellent, solidifying the tone of the show and brilliantly showcasing the performances.
The audience's reaction grew more raucous with each piece, culminating in a standing ovation both on the floor as well as the balcony, and this wasn't even opening night.
“Life, whether it's superhuman or simply human, is epic”, says Crystal Pite.
The same can be said for her show: Epic, with a capital E.
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