July, 2014 / Author:

One of the three dancers in Verika

This stunning dance is not just for those who love the art form.

With the dancers on pointe for the whole show (except for when they theatrically take them off), tied up in ropes and wearing striking makeup on their faces and legs, Verika is a show many Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival goers would enjoy.

From being dark and intense with overwhelming moody music pounding through the theatre, to video footage from dancing in a forest, the piece is emotional and provoking.

Choreographer Renée Vandale, a graduate from the senior professional program at the School of Contemporary Dancers, said the piece was “inspired by anorexia.” She created the piece to give support and strength to a long-time friend who had been suffering from the mental illness.

However, she wants the piece to be open to interpretation. And with dancers swinging on ropes, gracefully acting clumsy and interacting with one another, the piece could be understood to be about many different things.

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