CASA choreographed by Claudia Moore, with Fiona Drinnan, Bonnie Kim and Miko Sobreira. LAP DOGS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS choreographed by Lola MacLaughlin, with Moore. Presented by MOonhORsE dance theatre at the Theatre Centre (1087 Queen West). Runs to June 22, Thursday-Saturday 8 pm, matinee Sunday 2:30 pm. $20, stu/srs $15, Sunday pwyc. 416-504-7529. Rating: NNN Rating: NNNNN
In Casa the tenderness within a family is at odds with the violence the family's head wreaks outside the household. Suggested by a book about renowned Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, Claudia Moore 's piece contrasts those outside and inside worlds, using the family's young daughter ( Bonnie Kim ) as the fulcrum for the tale. With an environment and expressive lighting by Jan Komarek , the Wild West-style design brings together past and present, as the daughter is at first with her parents ( Miko Sobreira and Fiona Drinnan ) and then kept apart from them. Mirrored, ritualistic movements unite the trio across time and space, while over the course of the show everyday tasks take on nightmarish dimensions. But whether intentionally mundane or jerkily constrained, Moore's choreography has a lyrical quality that touches an emotional nerve.
It's all set to Rainer Wiens's live, jazz-oriented score and some text from Michael Ondaatje 's The Collected Works Of Billy The Kid , the poetic tale of another gun-totin' outlaw.
The program opens with Lap Dogs And Other Restrictions , a short solo for Moore herself choreographed by Lola MacLaughlin and inspired by a Velázquez painting. Caught vicelike in an elegant period gown, Moore makes dramatic use of silence and 17th-century Spanish melody to portray a woman restricted by her culture.