There's not really a plot to this story, it's more of a meandering experience through an idyllic Paris night. Each vignette tells a little story in itself, all woven together and flowing seamlessly from one to the next. You barely have time to recover from one breathless thrill before the next begins! Joe Chvala's choreography includes many styles but is consistent in its ingenious use of rhythm. There's tap dancing in which the dancers feet accentuate the rhythm of the familiar recorded song, more flowing traditional partner dance, and my favorite - the foot-stomping-body-slapping dance that beats out a rhythm all its own, with or without accompanying music. And of course, a night in Paris is not complete without the can-can!
|at Chez Jojo (photo by V. Paul Virtuccio)|
The Andy Boss stage has been turned into a charming and brightly colored Parisian cafe, complete with parasols, drapery, flowing blue fabric representing the river, and art (including that creepy face from Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge). Just when you think you've taken it all in, you find there's more to discover as a curtain is drawn back or you notice some detail (like a piano!) you haven't seen before. All of the elements of the show combine to create an atmosphere of fun and wonder (set design by Robin McIntyre and Joe Chvala, costume design by Cindy Forsgren and Joe Chvala).
I don't see a lot of dance, but I never miss Flying Foot Forum's unique and theatrical creations.* There's nothing pretentious or intimidating about this dancing, it's fun and accessible and thoroughly enjoyable for everyone. See it between now and July 15, and as a special treat you can also see a presentation of new works by Flying Foot Forum on July 2 and 9 (click here for more info).
*I'm super excited that another original dance musical created by Flying Foot Forum, Heaven, is also coming back to Park Square as part of their 2018-2019 season. I saw it at the Guthrie in 2011 and absolutely loved it.