Cartography of Peace

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, dance)

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This cross-disciplinary 32-minute performance work features opera, violin, poetry and contemporary dance and is presented by the South Chicago Dance Theatre and choreographer Kia S. Smith. 'Smith’s use of a complete range of movement and a dazzling array of body positions makes for technically challenging and visually exciting dance. The piece does not tell a story as much as it expresses sentiments and feelings that develop and slowly transform into complementary, sometimes surprisingly unexpected, moods. Smith has created yearning, striving, frustration, despair, joy, and much more.' (Hyde Park Herald)

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Nic Lawton (co-founder of Expial Atrocious theatre company) 34 days ago

With no story as such, this piece of dance theatre was still entertaining to watch. The opening image of a woman dancing in the pool of her crinoline was very striking and this, partnered with haunting vocals was a very impactful beginning.
The way the ensemble moved as one organism at times was truly beautiful, as they reacted to the live violin and opera singer, each performer was buzzing with electricity and it was clear that they were enjoying themselves, even from behind a face mask.
The performers created a series of unsettling yet beautiful shapes, which made her a very elegant and dynamic show overall. I found my attention was constantly being fought for as each dancer was unique in their movement and had their own mannerisms and details that I wanted to watch all of them simultaneously.
I really enjoyed this contemporary and theatrical display of pure agility and strength, and was a huge fan of the Pina Bauschian elements to the piece. Some of movements were also quite wholesome and comedic, and these are some of the details I enjoy about dance performances, as the smaller gestures and phrases can say more than the big, sweeping leaps across the space.
I particularly enjoyed the conversation had between the three performers, with one playing the violin, another singing opera, and the other dancing wildly and never missing a beat. She was stunning to watch, her limbs cutting through the air in a pair of striking red trousers (where can I get a pair?!)
And though there was no story and this show is more about an expression of feelings, I was reminded of Jordan Peele's psychological thriller film, "Us", with the mysterious characters in red moving in unsettling and abstract ways, going against what we believe is the norm. The company's moments of unison were truly stunning, and I think this is a great dance piece in the Fringe this year.

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