Review: New Conformity a compelling use of juggling, dance

The Times Colonist is covering the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, running to Aug. 31. All ratings are out of five.

The New Conformity

article continues below

Where: Metro Studio

When: Aug. 23, 24, 27, 29, 30

Rating: 4


Using the ancient art of juggling, Sean Brossard, who created this show, has crafted a dance-like performance that’s clever and compelling.

Its age-old theme is simple: man struggles to assert his individuality through art. The show starts with four business-suited men who juggle and march about in robotic unison, checking their watches. One finally abandons his jacket and juggles in a unique fashion, despite the efforts of the others to make him conform to their style.

The individual vs. society concept is not breath-takingly original, but in this wordless piece it works awfully well. The performers are all accomplished; a routine in which Chris Murdoch juggles what appear to be glass balls is absolutely mesmerizing. At best, jugglers can make objects appear to have an anti-gravitational life all their own. Murdoch managed this magic, as did Brossard, employing similar wizardry with plastic discs.

What makes The New Conformity a stand-out is Brossard’s decision to meld juggling with elements of contemporary dance. Set to funk and hip-hop style music, the performers dance and juggle through defined scenes that, for example, suggest wrestling or a subway commute. Providing such narrative elements elevates the performance. Friday’s audience loved it, rewarding this Vancouver company, Implied Intuition, with a standing ovation.

Read Related Topics

© Copyright Times Colonist

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Times Colonist welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular

  • CARRIERS WANTED!

    The Times Colonist is looking for newspaper carriers to work in the Reader Sales and Service Department.


Find out what's happening in your community.