An evening of Bravo!fact shorts at the Royal Cinema (608 College), tonight (Thursday, November 4) at 7 pm. $10. Rating: NNN
This year's slate of shorts destined for between-program airings on Bravo! is, predictably, a mixed bag.
It begins promisingly with Annie Bradley 's Tongue Bully , a showcase for Learie McNicolls 's electrifying word/dance performance combining the rhythms of preaching with the athleticism of martial arts, shot in gorgeous colour in Cuba.
Other highlights include Cosimo Zitiani 's Man'Dalas , performed and choreographed by Mark Johnson , who plays an anonymous businessman caught in a revolving door. Johnson is vividly alive, and Zitiani toys with our perceptions as the piece playfully touches on Eastern religion.
David Bressault 's and Erwin Vann 's They Won't Lie Down features some of the program's most intriguing choreography; it would be good to see it on a stage. While dancers interweave to Vann's jazzy score in a warehouse, you almost feel like time stands still. Nigel Hunt 's Triple Booked is a clever and efficient piece about a theatre that's booked three dance acts - flamenco, modern and hiphop - so there's a dance-off for the initially lukewarm audience that's completely entertaining. It's followed by Peter Lynch 's Dem Bones , a sensual film about a couple who discover a fossil on a beach, which triggers a duet in the sand and then a primitive coupling that apparently puts them in touch with their ancestors.
Unfortunately, to see these you also have to sit through a few duds like Gregory Nixon 's Bone , a glorified perfume ad filmed in Tunisia, Astra Burka 's Innocence On Ice , a lazy compilation of dull footage of figure skater Petra Burka , and Allen Kaeja 's Coffee Shop: Espresso , a predictable, inconsequential piece about two strangers in a café that shows little visual flair.