ERIKA MITSUHASHI AND FRANCESCA FREWER
The Saddest Girl at the Party is a dynamic and engaging dance-theatre duet. Conceived as an ode to the attempt, and a lament for that which has been given up on, it uses a wide range of performative devices to continually set up and then undermine expectations, creating a piece that remains surprising from beginning to end. Combining choreographed movement, free improvisation, text, and tableau, it situates itself (tenuously) between playful and heartbreaking, falling (maybe, almost) just shy of each. Monochrome all-grey props and costumes combined with stark white lighting give a sterile aesthetic, and unusual manipulations of traditional theatrical devices work together to create an alienating distance between the audience and the performance. All of this is then torn away in moments of vulnerable honesty, culminating in an ending of energetic, explosive release.
The Saddest Girl at the Party premiered in Vancouver at Shooting Gallery Performance Series 2017, and since then it has been presented with New Works and the rEvolver theatre festival.
FRANCESCA FREWER AND ERIKA MITSUHASHI are emerging contemporary dance and performance artists with collaborative practices based in Vancouver. Interested in formal experimentation and exploring the function of dance in performance, the pair have been creating work together for the past two years. Seeing their work as situated between dance and theatre, they create movement-focused works that aim to create palpable atmospheres, utilizing familiar theatrical devices to add contextual frameworks. They collaborate regularly with sound, projection, textiles, and set design artists to create multi-dimensional works that span across mediums.
Photos by Juan Contreras, Cara Tench and Sabrina Hubert
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