Created for the company’s 10th Anniversary Season, this delightful occasion piece interweaves a trio and a solo made eight years apart but both inspired by early films of variety dancers. In the spirit of vintage vaudeville, the dancers get into gear with a series of high kicks and throughout the piece keep plopping into splits. Sperling’s solo feats, which include squirming through a rope, walking her fingers on a tightrope and rolling her belly, are performed with deadpan demeanor calculated to charm and startle the viewer.
MUSIC: Quentin Chiappetta & Roberto Pace
LIGHTING: David Ferri / COSTUMES: Michelle Ferranti
(13 minutes; 4 dancers)
About A Leg Up: “[The dancers] wrap themselves around one another, forming bouquets of legs, solving challenges in three-dimensional design – geometry problems come to life.” —Elizabeth Zimmer, Gay City News
About Cheap: “witty, entertaining and thought-provoking . . . a comic acrobatic dance gone awry, as Sperling becomes entangled in a cord she’s attached to her ankle. The image of female bondage makes it less amusing, especially as the audience laughter simply confirms the moral of the piece: what women will do to please and impress.”
—Michael Crabb, Canada’s National Post
photo by Julie Lemberger