Riding Hood: A powerful performance

Riding Hood
Convention Centre
Troupe: The Dance Movement
Troupe origin: London ON
Playwright: Ashley Morrow
Featuring: The Dance Movement’s Company Dancers (19-21 yrs of age)
Dance – General Entertainment
Fri., June 7th  6:00 - 6:35 p.m., Sat., June 8th 8:30 - 9:05 p.m., Sun., June 9th 5:00 - 5:35 p.m., Tues., June 11th 7:30 - 8:05 p.m., Fri., June 14th 8:00 - 8:35 p.m., Sun., June 16th 5:00 – 5:35 p.m.
Running time: 35 min

The thing I love about Fringe is the opportunity to see productions that I normally wouldn’t choose to go to. Knowing nothing about dance and not having dancers in my family – I probably wouldn’t have chosen The Dance Movement’s production Riding Hood.

As the performance started, I automatically thought that this would be a good one for my girlfriend to bring her daughters who are currently enrolled in dance. The music, costumes and choreography would be something that would appeal to them.

What surprised me after the initial dance number was how much I was drawn into this performance. It grabbed my attention and held it throughout…marveling how the dancers could move…an unlikely combination of fluid and grace with power and strength.

There isn’t a word shared throughout the production but the story is heard within the beauty and intensity found in their movements. Katie Plouffle gives a powerful performance that demands your attention as the wolf and Jennifer Sawa displays a beautiful range of emotions while playing Red Riding Hood. The entire company manages to successfully create the tension, intensity and force that drives this story of innocence lost and temptation for power.

Regardless of whether or not you have a future ballerina in your family or grew up in a dance studio, this is a production worth seeing! I encourage you to try something new this week…you never know what will surprise you.

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Trish West is preparing for a busy weekend reviewing as Fringe quickly approaches June 5-16th. She is excited to have the opportunity to join Elgin Theatre Guild doing something new while bringing their previous show Old Love by Norm Foster to London Sept 19 - 21st at The Arts Project and will be jumping in right after to join AlvergoRoot's production of Press Cuttings by Bernard Shaw Oct 30-Nov 2nd. This summer Trish will be busy creating art pieces to be used as the adjudicator's awards in this years London One Act Festival November 4-10, 2013. Plans for her own play Skin Deep are well underway and she is continually amazed at the support and interest that is gathering while preparing it to take the stage at TAP Mar 31- April 5th, 2014.