Starr Foster’s ‘Baggage’ at TheatreLab aims to evoke the seven deadly sins within us all
Baggage (and The Seven Deadly Sins), a grungy and evocative show presented by Starr Foster Dance Project is coming to The Basement at the TheatreLab next weekend and it should provide an interesting night of incredible local dance.
As a notable and award winning artist in the Richmond dance community (and nationally,) Artistic director Starrene Foster has provided winning choreography with her innovative approaches to mixing emotion and stimulation into performances– one can easily remember Foster’s well received and site specific work Levitate that was presented a couple of years back.
With her cunning use of experimental dance, and intersectional projection of emotion and stimulation from her past projects, Baggage aims exude Foster’s staple approaches that provides a fluid, artistic appeal in a more cynical and evocative way with this show.
In Baggage, Foster applies a seamless mechanical approach when it comes to intertwining how the seven deadly sins are cohesive–demonstrated by dancers who have worked together for years.
The company’s performers’ are passionate dancers who fall to the floor meticulously sans hesitation, or even lift multiple partners up easily sans doubt. With whats be boundless amounts of trust, each dancer portrays the essence each sin holds, and how they tie to each other.
“The dancers’ titles, or their sin that they represent, are so farfetched from who they are it is much easier for each dancer to tap into their characters; they can transform themselves,” Foster said. “Also being spatially aware is important for these dancers, aware of the mechanics of the work that is separate from the work’s artistry. The concept is a movement of dialogue between dancers as they are curious of what the other dancers hold within their own baggage”.
Presented with music composition by the notable and raspy-voiced Tom Waits, this show will bring about a unique aura for the audience as the interactive performance unfolds. With the vintage-suitcase-carrying-dancers slyly looming within the crowd before the show, and making engaging eye contact with the viewers, audience members will feel as if they are living on stage as well.
“We wanted to do something that pulled us from the theatre and do something unique,” Foster said.“I have found that people enjoy experiencing dance in a non-traditional way–to be up close and in action”
Garnering a persistent feeling of suspense which will rev anyone’s heart rate, each leap, cascading movement, and thump of suitcases unto the hard floor will keep audience members on alert–spectating every dancer’s crippling or agile movements between each phase of the show.
“With a forty-five minute dance that goes straight through, there is no intermission for this show, the dance is really raw and provocative as well with its personal issues to which we have connected with the seven deadly sins,” she said.
It is well understood that Baggage carries both a physical and mental connotation.
With much decoration from community, we are sure that these ever fascinating performances created by Starrene Foster will carry on.
Baggage will be limited to only four shows and a restricting time to access seating for the show. Tickets are only sold in advance for $14 so make sure to steal them while you can.
Ages thirteen and up are preferred for this sinfully exciting show.
Baggage (and The Seven Deadly Sins), will be taking place at 300 East Broad St. at the Basement at TheatreLab on January 30th at 7pm and 9pm and January 31st at 3pm and 5pm.
Photos via Doug Hayes
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