Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fringe 2009 - OOTS - Like You Mean It

"We normally have a DJ with us, but he's in Berlin."

Like You Mean It Trio

Like You Mean It

from Ohio, Massachusetts, Hawaii

Like you mean it will keep you on your toes. We dance we talk. We have a cool DJ. Sometimes we stand on our toes. Sometimes we make jokes. It's different every night. You'll probably want to come back twice. You get to mess with us. --you'll make an installation for us. We'll navigate it. You won't have to do anything embarrassing. We might embarrass ourselves. Apparently we're like an acid trip--a guy in the audience said that once. We make sense. We make no sense. We mean it.

This was fascinating. It's improv. But instead of comedy, it's dance. The three performers have a shared vocabulary of moves to mix and match. They also work with a live DJ/sound mixer who takes sound effects (the horns of a charging cavalry, the busy signal of a phone) and layers them together with music (here with a latin flavor). The resulting pastiche of sound triggers movement, as do the interactions of the movements, and the personas of the dancers moving. They all feed off each other, in ways very similar to improv comedians building off a shared riff. Plus, they had to deal with a stage of multiple layers they'd never seen prior to the day of the preview. Intriguing concept, both funny and lovely in the execution. I'd really like to see more of this. And I'd love to be a fly on the wall if some improv comedians got together with these dancers and talked shop. That'd be kind of mind-blowing. And fun. This one's also highly recommended, particularly if you're looking for some dance in your schedule mix.

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