SHEN YUN, ‘Divine’, by name & by execution! 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    “Knee How” or, translated from the Mandarin – hello; and to all our readers, a ‘Happy & healthy year of the horse!’
It’s been six years since we first had the opportunity to witness the incredible talents of China’s minority spiritual discipline. The Falun Dafa’s revival of a 5,000-year old artistic archetype though it’s amazing performance group – SHEN YUN. Impacting back in 2008, Shen Yun 2014 is even more impressive and flawless in execution and audience amazement

SHEN YUN's interpretation of the 'Descent of the Deities'

SHEN YUN’s interpretation of the ‘Descent of the Deities’

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“NUMBERS”, tattooed on arms; like cattle branding 5

Review by Danny Gaisin
Nov.17th.‘13
Disclaimer- this writer is a lousy dancer and like most ‘dog-in-the-manger’ males thus circumvents critiquing dance of any kind. However, I DID witness one Toronto Fringe 2012 entry strictly because of its subject matter. I was astonished at what I saw and stunned by my reaction. The following was what we then wrote: -

“NUMBERS”  @ Factory Theatre
Kokus Productions & director Lukas Press have a definite contender for Best of Fringe in this large dance-oriented emotional story of the Holocaust.

Halina, her parents; Gentile friends and her Nazi adversaries

Halina, her parents; Gentile friends and her Nazi adversaries

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“The Space between Us”, a Terpsichorean treat 1

Review by Tina Gaisinreviewer Tina G
               During the Toronto Jazz Festival, tucked away in the Distillery District on the third floor  of the Dancemakers Centre for Creation was a wonderful evening filled with wine tasting, wonderful food, friendly people,  silent auction.  The show, by Tziporah Productions started  with a lone piano player then a beautiful narrator, light  and dance through space and time using lights, shadows different heights and mediums to make us feel that through a narrator (storyteller) a colourful picture painted about the not only the galaxy but the universe.

Tzipora dance c orps

Tziporah dancers

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Hamilton’s South Asian community celebrates Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Our personal interest in South Asia and its peoples are two-fold; a ‘Blood brother’ born in Calcutta; and surprisingly; regular interested readers from that area checking out our O.A.R. articles! An invitation from the Matin family of Upper Mt. Albion tweaked our curiosity and we were attendees at the spring Festival of South Asia. Nepal; Bhutan; Sri Lanka & Maldives joined the more familiar Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in presenting a cultural collage of dance, culture and especially food.

An interpretive dance

An interpretive dance

Another interpretive dance (Burl'n troupe)

Another interpretive dance (Burl’n troupe)

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We’re crazy about MMT’s “Crazy For You” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

A little personal trivia; almost 6 decades ago, I was in N.Y. to see “Gypsy” and had the opportunity to have tea with its star Ethel Merman. On being introduced; her comment on hearing my name was “Danny; last name wouldn’t be Churchill, would it?” Seems her first Broadway role (1930) was in the Gershwin’s musical –GIRL CRAZY’s Molly opposite the ‘Danny’ role! Skip ahead to 1992 and an updated version “CRAZY FOR YOU”.
Same songs and parallel plot; but just as popular as the original. Meadowvale Music Theatre’s presentation opened last week but fear of Friday’s inclement weather caused this chicken-ish driver to miss seeing the 1st night performance. Sorry, cast & crew… My (our) loss!
The plot is simplistic… big city scion who wants only to dance is sent out West to foreclose on a decrepit theatre.

The musical inhabitants of Deadrock NV!

The musical inhabitants of Deadrock NV!

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“♫42nd Street♫” – perfect!!! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                The bane of a critic is facing a situation where he or she is going to be classified as a publicist or worse, hack. It’s our job to be constructively diagnostic. But, what does one do when facing something so precious as to be totally without flaw or fault. Advice given this scribe – confess; and then roll out the superlatives!    Photo courtesy of  David Hou

Kyle Blair; Rider-Shaw & the chorus of “Pretty Lady”

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