Saturday, May 26, 2012
Yow Dance brought Classically Demented: A Darkened Fable of Storybook Characters You Thought You Knew to the silver venue at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Several days before the Fringe opened, I went to the Rep Theater to watch the Tech rehearsal and several run-throughs of the show. Eric Yow was half way back in the theater seating counting out the beat as dancers went through the blocking. The dance company presented classic storybook characters, like Snow White, Cinderella, Bo Peep and many others in a darkened vision of the fairy-tales.
When it came time for the full run through, Eric shouted, "Have a great run dancers, Merde." I had never heard that term before. Apparently back in the early days of ballet, the companies used to use live animals in performances. Well, whenever one of the animals would dump on stage, someone would yell "MERDE!" from stage to let the dancers know to watch out so that they wouldn't slip! And I suppose that they said it so much that it just came to mean good luck! Addicted to Love played behind one of my favorite dance numbers. Who wouldn't want to see zombie princesses devouring each other as they hunt for love? Eric himself performed as the evil queen. Michael Marinaccio, the Fringe producer stopped over to say hello before the second run through. He had his child with him and wanted to be sure the show was family friendly. I assured him there was nothing risque. As the dance began I began to wonder if a child would be upset by this darkened fable... Nah.
Today, Saturday May 26th at 3:00PM
Sunday May 27th at 8:45PM
The show is in the Silver Venue at the Rep. Tickets are $10.