Anyone in Orlando with some pixie dust and salt to rub between their fingers knows that any Varietease experience is going to involve the interpretive ebb and flow of emotions – typically set to unexpected soundtracks – rendered through the fluid choreography of local favorite (and owner of the Venue near Lake Ivanhoe, which is this year’s Black Venue for Fringe) Blue Star. For her latest project with notable local artist Patrick Fatica, Blue delves into the dark brightly, sometimes with humor, often with pure poetry.
Blue has cast herself as something of a headmistress replete with period dress and regular shuffling of the ruffled petticoat, curls pulled tight, but choreography even tighter. As with most Blue pieces of staged velvet, this one comes with a storyline that is left, at least to some degree, to the viewer. The story comes from Fatica; the breath of life (and death) comes from an intensely talented dance menagerie, including Tymisha Harris, Jack Kreeger, MichelinaWingerter, Megan Boetto and Lola Selsky.