Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fringe 2009 - FFA 2 - Thrower of Light

Cathy Wright

Thrower of Light

Thrower of Light reveals tales from the hidden corners of the human psyche. Dare to enter the cave of total theater and ride thrill and deception in a chasm of emotion.

This one was kind of a blur. A nice blur. But a blur. No real narrative element to speak of, just a lot of boisterous dance for the sake of dance (not a bad thing) from a band of what appeared to be 10 Irish gypsies. I say gypsies because of the ragtag way they were dressed, and an abundance of head scarves. I say Irish because the rock music to which they were wriggling and strutting and flying through the air (and I mean that literally) had a decided "Irish jig" quality about it. Plus there was a lot of green (including the light they went out on - all done in under 2-1/2 minutes). There was a heck of a lot of energy bouncing off the walls while they were going at it.

It also started with one of those moments that immediately bonds the audience to the people on stage. The perils of live theater. It was time for the preview to start, and the light went on. But no music. And the longer it went on, the more you could see the dancers twitch as they were waiting. They couldn't start til the music did. It was just seconds. But you could tell for the performers it must have felt like an eternity. Nobody's fault. It happens. And once the sound kicked in they were off and running. But that pause was loaded stage time. (I don't know why, but I kind of love that sh*t.)

Cathy Wright, the choreographer/dancer heading up this show, trails a whole lot of good reviews and awards behind her, and all her dancers have hefty little bios listed so it looks like we're in for more good Fringe dance.

The Fringe's YouTube page should have the Fringe-For-All clip up in the coming days, so check back there and see for yourself. Meanwhile, we have...

Her websites - and

Her show page

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