06 October 2010

Guest Reviewer: Ella Danse

MELBOURNE FRINGE 2010
Ella Danse
Beebop Arts
2 October 2010
241
9 October

Review by Karla Dondio




Last night was the second time I’ve cried during a performance at the 2010 Fringe Festival.

Perhaps I’m a tad sensitive and it’s time to increase my Vitamin B intake, but the truth is
I’ve just been privy to some really outstanding performances this Fringe.

As a wordsmith, I forget sometimes that you don’t need words tell a story. Thank you
Etoile Marley, performer and choreographer of Elle Danse, for reminding me how potent
and exacting the medium of dance is in conveying human emotions which is the
bones of great story telling.

To describe this dance/cabaret show would simply do it an injustice. What I will say is this:
So you think you can dance? You wish. Etoile Marley can dance. Sure she’s technically
precise, with the type of dexterity that puts most of us to shame, but there’s so much
more to dance than that. The kind of dancers who inspire demonstrate expertise while
exposing the qualities of the human condition with both subtlety and flare.

Last night I journeyed through despair, longing, eroticism, absurdism, joy and triumph.
And if you want to know how erotic is done sans the degradation and sexploitation that’s
everywhere these days, then don’t miss show.

Oh and did I mention Marley can sing beautifully as well as speak French? Well she
can and these attributes only add another dimension to this, already, superb show. The only
criticism I have is the show is simply not long enough. More please!

I take my hat off to all the performers of the Fringe Festival like Marley who have not only
honed their craft but also allow the audience to access the exquisite essence of story telling
through their vulnerabilities and triumphs. You make us laugh and make us cry, but
most of all you remind us what it is to be human. Etoile Marley you’re a star!

Last night was the second time I’ve cried during a performance at the 2010 Fringe Festival.
Perhaps I’m a tad sensitive and it’s time to increase my Vitamin B intake, but the truth is
I’ve just been privy to some really outstanding performances this Fringe.

As a wordsmith, I forget sometimes that you don’t need words tell a story. Thank you
Etoile Marley, performer and choreographer of Elle Danse, for reminding me how potent
and exacting the medium of dance is in conveying human emotions which is the
bones of great story telling.

To describe this dance/cabaret show would simply do it an injustice. What I will say is this:
So you think you can dance? You wish. Etoile Marley can dance. Sure she’s technically
precise, with the type of dexterity that puts most of us to shame, but there’s so much
more to dance than that. The kind of dancers who inspire demonstrate expertise while
exposing the qualities of the human condition with both subtlety and flare.

Last night I journeyed through despair, longing, eroticism, absurdism, joy and triumph.
And if you want to know how erotic is done sans the degradation and sexploitation that’s
everywhere these days, then don’t miss show.

Oh and did I mention Marley can sing beautifully as well as speak French? Well she
can and these attributes only add another dimension to this, already, superb show. The only
criticism I have is the show is simply not long enough. More please!

I take my hat off to all the performers of the Fringe Festival like Marley who have not only
honed their craft but also allow the audience to access the exquisite essence of story telling
through their vulnerabilities and triumphs. You make us laugh and make us cry, but
most of all you remind us what it is to be human. Etoile Marley you’re a star!Last night was the second time I’ve cried during a performance at the 2010 Fringe Festival.

Perhaps I’m a tad sensitive and it’s time to increase my Vitamin B intake, but the truth is
I’ve just been privy to some really outstanding performances this Fringe.

As a wordsmith, I forget sometimes that you don’t need words tell a story. Thank you
Etoile Marley, performer and choreographer of Elle Danse, for reminding me how potent
and exacting the medium of dance is in conveying human emotions which is the
bones of great story telling.

To describe this dance/cabaret show would simply do it an injustice. What I will say is this:
So you think you can dance? You wish. Etoile Marley can dance. Sure she’s technically
precise, with the type of dexterity that puts most of us to shame, but there’s so much
more to dance than that. The kind of dancers who inspire demonstrate expertise while
exposing the qualities of the human condition with both subtlety and flare.

Last night I journeyed through despair, longing, eroticism, absurdism, joy and triumph.
And if you want to know how erotic is done sans the degradation and sexploitation that’s
everywhere these days, then don’t miss show.

Oh and did I mention Marley can sing beautifully as well as speak French? Well she
can and these attributes only add another dimension to this, already, superb show. The only
criticism I have is the show is simply not long enough. More please!

I take my hat off to all the performers of the Fringe Festival like Marley who have not only
honed their craft but also allow the audience to access the exquisite essence of story telling
through their vulnerabilities and triumphs. You make us laugh and make us cry, but
most of all you remind us what it is to be human. Etoile Marley you’re a star!


This review appears on AussieTheatre.com.

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