Think of FrenetiCore’s MEMORIAM as a dark, dancing version of Groundhog Day. The show centers on a woman who lives through the death of a friend, only to go on and repeatedly experience the trauma. “She lives through the experience the first time, and when she sees that it’s repeating, she gets a chance to act differently, as many people would like to do,” says choreographer Rebecca French.
Composer/conceptual artist Robert Thoth came up with the idea, giving the music and story to French, who then worked with the FrenetiCore dancers to create the choreography. “This is the first time we workshopped movements together as a group,” French says. “Usually I show up with everything all mapped out and say, ‘You stand there, you go there and this is on count seven.’ None of that happened this time. I am defiantly not the only choreographer for this show.”
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French says the group gladly embraced the show’s dark theme. “Dance is not just about who can kick their leg the highest or who can wear the prettiest tutu. We want dance to be relevant and for people to walk away from this show understanding their relationships, and the traumas that they’ve been through, a little more.” 8 p.m. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation.
Fri., July 13, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 14, 8 p.m.; Mon., July 16, 8 p.m.; July 19-21, 8 p.m., 2012