Created by Alya Graham
Produced by Alya Graham (Gatineau)
45m | 14+ | Contemporary Dance
Content warnings: Nudity, Mature Language
By Julia Buenemen
A great juxtaposition of solitude and togetherness, this piece choreographed by Alya Graham is separated in two parts: the solo and the duet.
The solo starts dark, with intent and inspired by Grecian and Roman statues who are, fittingly, forever alone. The combination of rough and soft movement alongside the repetitive (but never exactly the same) piece of music continued to follow the lines of isolation and solitude. With each beginning comes more grace and fluidity; as the musical accompaniment got longer, the hope was palpable.
Following this piece, the choreographer perched themselves on a ladder overlooking the stage, book open as the performers of this piece began. The introduction to this piece was sensual, beginning with the simple act of changing clothes while allowing us to warm to the performers; to observe their basic actions. I found it impressive how quickly this action caught my attention — it was intimate and voyeuristic. The pair demonstrated closeness in all its forms while also highlighting the dichotomy of peace and tumult. The musical accompaniment offered a nice juxtaposition of soft and frantic, which was a beautiful image and though there were parts that were a little clumsy I thought that overall it was a beautiful exploration of various intimacies.
The final piece of the show that completely blew me away is that there was more influence from Schiele than simply the poses and the bodily shapes: the choreographer had been working on something the entirety of the second piece.
This piece was lovely and has a lot of room to grow. Excited to see what the future holds for this show!
(Un)draped by Alya Graham is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue) until June 26, 2022. 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.