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Fringe review: The unexpected pleasure of CHUG

Watching others watching dance is twice the fun.


The pleasure of watching the dancers of SINS (Sometime in Nova Scotia) perform their contemporary dance piece CHUG amongst the patrons at the Economy Shoe Shop is doubled by watching the reactions of the audience. As the gracefully athletic trio sprawl across the bar or chase each other playfully around tables and up steps, people glance nervously around. Others crowd into to see what’s going on in the small back room. Some scowl. Most smile. When a dancer accidently knocks the back of chair, the seated woman gives her an angry look. The wait staff skitters nervously about, timing their deliveries to fit through gaps in the action. Only one waiter plays along, “dancing” a plate of nachos to a table. It’s always fun to see something out of the ordinary, and to see how others react.

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