Carve is more than the collaboration of Motus Dance and the Orkestra Project. It is a fusion of sound and space, the tangible and emotive, and of the simple and profound. The dancers’ bodies morphed into instruments of sound and vice versa. An interconnectedness existed between all elements, right down to the bare feet of the musicians to their grounding within the floor itself. I was immediately transfixed.
The sinews of the dancers and strings of the musical instruments harmonized across the stage. The movements and notes jumped from natural in form to jarring machinations at times, only to return to soothing melodies and meditative stances. One particularly moving piece with a sole dancer and violinist captured my attention. That push and pull of a relationship and perhaps its end—the desperation, the longing, and the deep-rooted feelings—was perfectly conveyed. The dancer’s encroachment of the violinist’s space at one point, while understandable, produced a visceral, uncomfortable response within me. The audience’s engagement was noticeable with an audible gasp.
I give high accolades to the performers all around and recommend that Carve be added to any Fringe goers list of must-see shows.