by carl wilson

T-Dot Thrillz: Dance/Songs/! 416!

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As suspected, I've barely had a second for bloggeration this week, or even to update the gig guide - all that will come over the weekend, and I promise never to be so tardy again. But meanwhile, wanted to tell locals two things:

You absolutely gotta see this show called Dance/Songs/ being put on by the mad crazy bright lights at Public Recordings, opening tonight in Toronto and continuing through the next week, choreographed and directed by the sparkling Ame Henderson and featuring the attractive people in the above pic. The music, by Constellation Records character Eric Craven (Hanged Up and other projex), is worth the ticket in itself. If you hate dancing and humour, then close your eyes and soak in the deep sound pool. But if you don't hate, you know, life, then you should also watch what takes place, which is a dance show aimed especially at us - the music nerdz. It's a very light and subtle parody of a rock concert, which treats physical movements as "songs" and the dances as components of a concert set - except where an actual rock group might dive off the speakers or do the splits, this "band" (bande a part) will start pounding their heads against one another's bums, or spinning in figure-skating patterns all over the floor, or otherwise enacting some puzzling ritual in a unique gestural code, with barely a shred of over-earnestness but an out-of-the-blue - and dead sexy - physical confidence and grace.

I had the privilege of being able to watch a rehearsal last weekend, and I look forward to seeing the staged version. So should you. (And you know, I almost never recommend theatre or dance shows here, so take me seriously this time.)

Also I wanted to mention that next week brings the annual 416 improvised-music mini-festival, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Tranzac, with a panoply of oddball instruments and askew approaches arrayed as if in a cabinet of wonders. Or something like that.

| Posted by zoilus on Friday, November 17 at 5:14 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

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