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Fringe Review: The Key to Time Travel

By Samara Caplan on June 16, 2019

The Key to Time Travel
by Allison Elizabeth Burns
60min / PG / Dance / Drama / Sci-Fi

If you could travel through time, where would you go? Would you travel to your favourite memories from the past? Or to your worst and try to change them? Or would you go into the future and see where you’re going to end up?

The Key to Time Travel is a 45-minute contemporary dance piece that analyzes the realities of time. On a barren stage the story is told by dancers Amanda Bon, Chelsea Passmore and Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson.

Each show has been arranged to have a different 15-minute opening act by a local contemporary dance artist. Making each show just a little bit different than the last and giving each audience member a different individual experience.

With the musical back-drop as the sound of keys jingling or hitting the floor, the main focus of the show is really on the movement and the emotion of the story, beautifully choreographed by Allison Elizabeth Burns.

You may end up being surprised by the emotion encapsulated in the second half of the show.

The show begins by talking about time and what it is, what each second, minute, hour, day, month, year and lifetime mean to us living through it. With movements emulating a clock throughout the show you are able to feel when time is moving at a slower or faster pace.

You may end up being surprised by the emotion encapsulated in the second half of the show. As specific memories are examined, challenged and re-lived the emotion definitely exudes off the stage.

One of the best things about a show like The Key to Time Travel is that though there is a main message in the story each audience member leaves the show with their own interpretation of what the story has meant to them—this is something that dance allows for, almost more than any other artistic platform. Where I saw avoidance, struggle and ultimately peace you may leave with an entirely different message that is customized for you and your life story and experience.

So you may be wondering, in the end what is the key to time travel? Well, you have until June 23rd to grab your ticket and find out!


The Key to Time Travel by Allison Elizabeth Burns is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Sunday June 23, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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