With the shift in venues in the 10th anniversary Capital Fringe Festival, it seems that more dance is being included as a welcome mix into the festival. With So We Meet Again from ArasDance, audience members can sample a range of contemporary styles that shift in theme and tone.
So We Meet Again is the second offering from ArasDance in the festival, and it was explained that the title was inspired by the return of the company into the Capital Fringe community. However, little else united the themes of the work, which bounced around from jazzy numbers to chart-topping pop songs to languishing lyrical pieces that aimed at sadness. This creates an overall feeling of chaos over unity. Transitions lagged with long blackouts, only to create jarring change with multiple shifts in tone. Overall, I wasn’t sure what to take away from the piece as a whole.
ArasDance is most interesting and relevant in a series of pieces that explored the visualization of a technology-saturated environment. Repeated gestures that illustrated the robotic, disconnected nature of 21st century human movement was paired with mashups of ordinary computer sounds. This choreography by Rachel Turner proved to be exciting and upbeat, but also felt thoughtful in how people reconcile with technology.
So We Meet Again
Choreographed by Sara Herrera-Kopetchny, Emily Lynn, Erin Massie and Rachel Turner
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Other pieces weren’t as successful. Not all members of ArasDance are on the same page technically, with some definite stumbles with complex elements like lifts or moments of synchronicity.
Lighting from Patrick Derrickson is a highlight, though there was a moment or two when dancers strayed from their light.
If you’re a die-hard dance fan, one might enjoy the mottled mix of offerings from So We Meet Again. But with so many similar offerings at Capital Fringe this year, a typical audience member may want to stick to another show to get their contemporary dance fix.