Dramatic technical skills were certainly on display in Friday night’s performance in the aerial duet“Unhinged”, one of the night’s standout pieces. As choreographing and performing duo Paper Doll Militia twisted themselves through a swath of silky white fabric, audible gasps and murmurs rippled through the theater. But unlike many aerial performers, collaborators Rain Anya and Sarah Bebe Holmes didn’t just use the silk as a tool to move from one acrobatic pose to another. The dancers, clad in bizarrely tattered, Miley Cyrus-esque costumes, constantly moved through and with the fabric; they used it to alternately hide and reveal their contorted forms, like three otherworldly creatures playing in a secret kingdom.
The innovative piece was a precise example Dance Canvas’s multiple missions: to unite original young choreographers with a receptive public, to expose new audience members to technically impressive and stimulating dance materials, and to develop a distinct dance community that nurtures and provides opportunities for emerging members. See Full Creative Loafing Article Here