City Paper is not for tourists
What, exactly, is the deviation in Deviated Theatre’s debut dance/theatre hybrid production, Aspiro? The work itself is not much of a change for either dance choreographer Kimmie Dobbs or artist, photographer, and director Enoch Chan—whose painting of the Three Fates serves as a partial basis for the performance. And it’s not as if the combination of acting and dancing is anything particularly out of the norm. So perhaps it’s in the storyline, which is about “a girl with an umbrella [who] finds herself in the center of a curious underworld where a twisted circus emerges from the darkness, and eventually…the fates come to call?” Hmmm. Sounds a little like Alice in Wonderland meets The Iliad—with an umbrella. If Chan’s eye for grace on stage is anywhere near as impressive as it is behind the camera, however, the end result should be well worth the deviation with a few dollars by both theater- and dance-lovers alike. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5, and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $22. (202) 269-1600.