If you happened to be strolling past the Addison Theatre Centre on Sunday afternoon, as many area residents and dog-walkers do, you may have witnessed a treat without even knowing that the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival was going on.
Fort Worth's imPULSE Dance Project performed True Colors, choreographed by Anastasia Waters and Rachel Cummings, as if they were paintbrushes on a giant canvas. Really.
Using their hands and feet, dipped into paint pans of primary colors, the colors spread and splashed onto the white canvas as the dance. It also ended up on their white costumes, on their arms, legs and faces, and in their hair.
The contemporary movement wasn't anything out of the ordinary—extended arms and legs, tumbles, unison formations and occasional partnering. The concept wasn't wholly original, either—choreographer Shen Wei did something similar with dance and paint with the Meadows Dance Ensemble at Southern Methodist University in 2011—but art of every kind always borrows and then reinvents what came before.
The free, 20-minute performance was invigorating.
Given the potential messiness, it's easy to see why this is a work that might be hard to perform inside a theater. And despite the slippery paint and the chilly weather, the four dancers (Waters, Cummings, Chelsea Dustin and Colleen Pagnotta) stood firm and were focused as they danced, giving this little corner of the world something beautiful and interesting.
A lovely idea I hope to see more of at outdoor arts festivals.
Below are some videos I shot at Sunday's performance:
◊ True Colors is performed on the Addison Theatre Centre lawn, by the Stone Cottage. The final performance is 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17.