the North American premiere of
THE FOUR SEASONS
Choreographed and performed by
Kevin O’Day and Robert Glumbek
The Four Seasons, featuring Robert Glumbek and Kevin O'Day, is a stunning exploration of aging, friendship, homosocial bonding, and the immense humour, goodwill, and virtuoso choreography two men can share over the course of a one hour program.
Accompanied by Vivaldi's famous set of four violin concertos, the piece quickly becomes a diverse journey through performance technique, a creative use of stage props, tightly focused video imagery, and gorgeous movement. A brief moment of nudity, with bodily projections, is simultaneously titillating and humourous as the two middle aged men allow affirmations to be projected
onto their flesh in a shadowy playing space. The voyeurs among us may have been somewhat disapointed by the brevity of exposure, and yet one could not help but be entertained and refreshed by the daring humour of two men willing to bare it all - or at least partially - in order to reveal the playfulness their collaborative creation embraces as it approaches the span of a lifetime with sincerity, vigor, and good fun.
Perhaps the most moving element of the evening occurred whrn Glumbek and O'Day assisted each other atop a collection of very versatile wodden cubes. Reaching for an elusive tree branch with each others help, the physical intimacy and heartfelt support of two men in love with life came through in poignant and emotionally expressive ways. Together and apart, both dancers displayed rigorous and beautifully executed moments of strong choreogrpahy that frequently possessed affirming, quirky, and unique intircacies of mind and body - never for a moment letting us forget that these are mortal, timeless corporeal entities interpreting movement and emotion as they move through the metaphor of four seasons as a series of longings, desires, trials, and delights.
THE FOUR SEASONS RAN AT THE ENWAVE THEATRE, HARBOURFRONT,
FROM MARCH SIXTH UNTIL MARCH EIGHTH