Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fringe Festival: "Jumpin' Jack Kerouac"

Day: 5

Show: 18

Category: Dance

By: Eclectic Otter Productions

Created by: Windy Bowlsby

Location: Rarig Center Proscenium

Summary: A choreographer teaches a bunch of writers to get out of their head and dance, but more importantly, she teaches them how to not care about what they may look like while dancing.

Highlights: Call this one "Dancing with the Writers." Windy Bowlsby turns nine writers, who are decidedly not dancers, into just that. And like that great pop culture icon that is Dancing with the Stars, even though some of the dancers might not be technically proficient, they perform with such joy and an open heart that you can't help but be moved by the dance. The brilliant thing that Windy has done is that she hasn't just forced dances upon these novices, she's talked to them and learned about who they are and what they want to accomplish or express in this experiment, and used that as an inspiration for the ten or so dances presented. And she shares some of those words with the audience to help us understand the inspiration. There's a first date dance, a Gene Kelly homage, a lovely duet, a touching tribute to a father, an expression of women's strength and power, and dances that represent phases in the writer's process. This is a Fringe show that will leave you smiling and happy, and perhaps give you the courage to dance your own dance. Maybe next year Windy will teach Fringe reviewers how to dance and not care.