Fringe Festival Wrap-up: Week 2
by J. Cooper Robb
Posted on Sep. 10, 2003
If you think it's appropriate that a show called The Gate should be performed with the gateway to Philadelphia--the Benjamin Franklin Bridge--looming in the background, it's just one example of the cunning displayed by Brian Sanders' company Junk in its latest Fringe show.
Photos: JJ Tiziou
Performed by three talented young dancers (Jennifer Binford, Adrianna Carey and Hedy Wyland)--who, like Sanders, are dressed only in briefs--The Gate is like an electrified wire: dangerous and extremely powerful. Sliding across parallel bars as if swimming on a frozen pool of ice; slinking down a twisted ladder; wriggling in a cocoon; or elegantly writhing above a glowing orb, each dancer's movements is a display of just how beautiful and mysterious the human body can be.
With lighting designer Mark O'Maley turning simple chains into shimmering jeweled ropes, the Junk artists move over Pedro da Silva's ingenious set with an elegant, sensual power. By the time the show concludes with the four performers flying and clinging to the set's chain-link fence, Sanders has reaffirmed his position as the city's most exciting choreographer and performer.