Maintenant: Taking on the challenge of bullying in an entertaining way

Maintenant
Troupe Name: Barefoot Creative Dance Company
Troupe Origin: London, ON
Playwright: Richelle Hirlehey
Featuring: Maddison Berrisford, Hillary Berrisford, Vanessa Bendle, Sydney Harvey, Maggie Kennedy, Maya Lacey, Karys Peterson-Katz, *Additional Dance Extreme Dancers
Warnings: Deals with issues of bullying
Audience: Children Grades 3 and up, Youth and Adults
Venue: Site B - Wolf Performance Hall
Show Length: 40min
Performances: Sat., June 8 - 6:30 p.m., Sun., June 9 - 1:30 p.m., Thurs., June 13 - 6:30 p.m.,
Fri., June 14 - 6:30 p.m., Sat., June 15 - 6:30 p.m.

I had been wondering how the Barefoot Creative Dance Company was going to delve into the world of bullying and how they would make a show about it without any dialogue. As it turns out it was good, better than expected. Mainly I was a bit concerned I would not 'get it' since I have been merely interested, but not that well experienced with interpretive dance.

Maintenant was slow paced to start but that may have been the artistic side leading the emotion of the audience into the desired direction for the rest of the show. I'd say it worked for me and my review partner (my daughter Sage) as she was well entranced throughout by the action as it came from many different dancers and soloists.

We were entertained by the well choreographed moves put on by all ages of dancers on stage.    
According to the show’s information beforehand they were portraying something that has been talked about so much lately: bullying. It's the new buzz word around schools these days. Although I have to say since this is interpretive dance that we are to assume so much more than the show actually brings to light. However, the powerful use of songs, lyrics and narrative really helped to cleverly shift the attention from dreams to nightmares and real time interactions. Songs with meaningful lyrics like Coldplays, "Fix You" and the Coors covering REM's, "Everybody Hurts" as well as narrative quotes like, “never let anyone define your life except you!” helped to bring the awareness back towards bullying and how we can best deal with it.

The costumes were fantastic and the emotional changes showed well with good body language throughout.    

In the past I have not been a fan of the bully awareness movement as I think we could do more to help our society brush off the rude comments that are sure to fly our way at some point in life. We have been raised in such a glass world that it is just not okay for anyone to be on the wrong side of a remark that puts someone out of their comfort zone. Bullying to me is excessive use of intentionally hurtful attacks on one or more individuals. This show – along with the songs, lyrics and narrative – is meant to give us hope that we will grow with more tools to help support those of us who find themselves on the receiving side of criticism.

We both agreed the BCDC took on a tough challenge by focusing on this topic and should be commended for it. The lack of dialogue lends the audience the chance to daydream a bit about how they may have dealt with such issues in the past and how they may handle similar situations in the future. We agreed it's entertaining and would recommend it as worth seeing.

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Sage Reeder likes cherry tomatoes & monkeys. She is ten years old, enjoys running and would rather watch a play or movie than read a book.... but she kinda likes reading too!  

Shawn (Sage’s father) Reeder has an active lifestyle of hiking, biking & running. He is proud to be in his mid 40's & enjoys live entertainment for the audience/actor interactions.