Eloquently moving bodies and impeccable imagery—”Echoes of Gallows Hill” by Astraeus Aerial Dance is such a complete, satisfying work of art that I had to create a new category for it, “Five-Star Fringe.” And Hip Hop Cabhooray is so fast-moving and fun, you probably won’t think about how ridiculously difficult it is to move twenty—20!—dancers around a small stage in a way that feels natural and easy; but Melissa Adao nails it.
Fringe artists take the risk of getting political … and it doesn’t always work. In “Specific Gravity,” brilliant circus skills have to compete with a preachy message. In “Herstory,” the message is softer, and nothing can take away from the flat-out awesome dance.
Peter Maxwell Davies amazing monodrama “8 Songs for a Mad King” brought together avant-garde music, Expressionist drama, and political commentary in one powerful vehicle–precisely what any San Diego International Fringe Festival contribution should do!
The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s final 2017 concert, Saturday, June 24, included a certain amount of humor: Haydn’s notorious “Farewell” Symphony and Alfred Schnittke’s quirky “Moz-Art” à la Haydn” . . .
I saw Cirque du Soleil early on, before it got over-produced and Vegas-glitzy, and it was magical; it wasn’t just about gasp-worthy circus skills, there was a sense of tapping into the collective unconscious. Lighthouse Circus Theatre delivers that kind of thrill in “Incandescent,” my first San Diego Fringe “Find.”