Elle Danse

Elle DanseLast 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.

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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!


Karla Dondio

Karla Dondio is a Melbourne based freelance writer who has been reviewing theatre, comedy, cabaret and other live assortments for five years now.

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