- Victoria Fringe Festival, August 25, 2018. Review by Melanie-Tromp Hoover
FRINGE review: “Para Dos” (Venue 3: Metro Studio)
* * * * * (five stars out of five)
It’s a rare joy to see this caliber of contemporary dance for a mere $11.
Carnal, stylish and a bit cheeky, Para Dos from PointeTango transports you to a starry-eyed Buenos Aires with its hypnotic blend of classical ballet, Argentine tango and contemporary movement.
Dancers Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson bring each new piece of music and poetry to exquisite life with their precise footwork and palpable chemistry. A mix of partnered and solo work, Richardson’s choreography is a joy to behold, pulling classic steps into surprising combinations (plus a few dazzling lifts that fully warranted the cheers and whistles from Friday night’s audience).
Para Dos’ intensity ebbs and flows along its musical heartbeat, swirling up with Sexeto Mayór’s Tanguera in the first few bars and again for a flirty scene between two strangers backed by Astor Piazzolla’s Escualo.
At one point Richardson pays homage to Glenn Gould on piano while Scott-Kafadar glides across the stage in a wave of red satin—and this is just one of about 100 highlights in a quick 45-minute show. Gorgeous costume design, pitch-perfect lighting and the fact that Scott-Kafadar dances most of the show ON POINTE bring visual depth to an already spectacular show.
If you’re a fan of dance you can’t miss this one—and if you’re not yet a fan of dance, you will be after the first number. —MTH
WINNER BEST OF FESTIVAL &
Best of Venue ~ Saskatoon Fringe 2019
WINNER Favourite Dance Show &
Favourite Duo ~ Victoria Fringe 2019
WINNER Patron’s Pick ~ Toronto Fringe 2019
WINNER Best Artistry ~ Windsor Fringe 2019
WINNER Best of Venue ~ Hamilton Fringe 2018
WINNER Favourite Dance Show ~ Victoria Fringe 2018
WINNER Tilee Award ~ London Fringe 2018