The first offering of the festival, Alan Brown's 'Five Dances' would set the quality of programming for the coming days. Last year Travis Mathews explicit 'I Want Your Love' offered us no holds barred sexuality and sexual interaction, what were we to expect in 2013?
Five Dances simply swept us off our feet. A touching tale of young Kansas boy Chip at first alone in the Big Apple, sleeping rough while pursuing his dream to dance. His alcoholic mother a constant presence via his mobile, begging, pleading and threatening him to return to her. Chip begins an emotional journey into friendship, the experience of first love and sensual passion. The film sections itself into five dances (hence its title), each beautifully performed dance incorporating the emotions of the four main characters. We found the story perfectly balanced by these bursts of stunning flexibility and grace. Sex (yes there was a little) left a lot to the imagination of the viewer, it was soft, sensual and in the case of Theo and Chip quite sweet to witness, a big departure from last year. Sometimes less is more!
We loved the opening film and we look forward to the next 3 days of Fringe events, screenings and workshops.