Shut Up and Dance

· rich hot lady productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · one person show

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Review by MALCOLM CAVENDISH

June 15, 2012
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

My overall impression

How do you turn a diverse range of experiences and life lessons experienced by a vibrant young woman, into one indomitable story? The answer, inscribed at the heart of Stella Valente’s most stirring performance, “Shut Up and Dance” lies in the power of dance.

The work, whilst funny and poignant, contains nuggets of wit and insight, yet there’s a scrappiness about all of them that cumulatively educates and charms.

Her story of life, love and dance and dealing in the physiology of action and sensation is revealed through the language of dance, a language that becomes increasingly complex.

This is a clever concept, expertly directed by Richard Embardo, two narratives cueing us to see life and dance in alternate ways. Yet, her imagination take us on a journey through the absurd to the divine.

Of all the Fringe shows I’ve managed to see this is by far my favorite, and gratifying to see the performance was sold out, a rarity these days.

It’s performances such as this that should make other fringe shows sit up and take note.
Stella and Richard should feel very happy about the shape of the show they’ve obviously worked hard to bring to the Fringe.. Perhaps this show is destined for bigger and better things?

“Shut up and Dance” is compellingly watchable.

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