Last night, I visited the intimate space of the Fairfield Hall for An Ode to Dyads. Fishbowl Collective is Hannah Kaya and Connor Spencer and a few others from Toronto and Montreal. They created this short, highly physical piece together over Skype.
I walked into the piece with a vague definition of the word “dyad,” I knew it had something to do with twos and pairs and that there is a sociological theory about them. Love songs from the 1940s fill the space taken up by two chairs as Kaya and Spencer take the stage. A bit of clowning combined with some absurdity and a whole cup of physical theatre, this comedic piece is a story simply about two people. Whether it is pure companionship or romantic love is up to the audience, these two girls take you into a type of 1984 world where little words are actually spoken (and when they are, it is French poetry), and everything is conveyed through movement. This piece is probably my favourite so far at the Fringe Festival. At only a half hour in length, I could not believe how much was said without saying anything at all. The choreography, the facial expressions, and their ability to convey the struggles and intimacy of a companion with their bodies and two chairs is, to me, what the Victoria Fringe is all about. Strip everything down until you’re standing in a nightgown with a chair on stage conveying raw emotion with a witty twist, is exactly what thrives at the Fringe and the kind of show you take home with you. An Ode to Dyads is a portrait of humanity that is a must-see this year.
An Ode to Dyads has two more shows this weekend at Fairfield Hall.
Until next time,