WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK “DANCE SHOW,” it’s probably safe to assume they’re expecting something like BOOGIEography. Created by Windy Bowlsby of Blue Umbrella Productions, the show features a likeable group of young dancers (of various sizes and shapes) going at the choreography with gusto.
Don’t expect the pyrotechnic athletics that have become de rigueur in both Broadway shows and on reality TV. But like so many of those dance routines, these too are clearly set to music: the lyrics of pop songs, disco-style remixes and Broadway tunes.
In fact, the choreography illustrates the music (e.g., dancers raise their arms or jump when the lyrics include the word “high,” and lower their arms or crouch down when the lyrics include “low”). Or, the moves otherwise express the emotion communicated by the melody, tone, or words of a song. This style is often referred to as lyrical dance, and it includes lots of reaching, sweeping arms; leg extensions and kicks; turns and runs; beckoning and pushing.
But there are jazz hands here, as well. And there’s variety of execution and subject matter. One piece is a Bollywood send up, another a men’s love duet; still another features quicksilver timing with the rolling chair. It’s quick, quirky, and fun.
By the time the troupe digs into Alison Jiear’s anthem, “I Just Wanna Fuckin' Dance,” I was smiling in spite of myself. “I don't give a fuck no more/If people think I am a whore/I just wanna dance…. yeah. Dance. Dance. Dance. Dance.” Amen!!
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BOOGIEography by Blue Umbrella Productions is on stage at Patrick’s Cabaret for one more show: Saturday, 8/11 at 10 pm (be advised that most shows have nearly or completely sold out, so you should get your tickets sooner rather than later if you’d like to go). For more information check the Fringe web page for this show: http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/show/?id=2283
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About the author: Camille LeFevre is a Twin Cities’ arts journalist and college professor.