Dive into the wonderful, water-full world of AQUAdance, the first water ballet to be performed in the history of the Orlando Fringe!
Inspired by the classic “aquamusical” films of the 1940s and ’50s that starred bathing beauty Esther Williams, Voci Dance presents an original blend of modern dance and synchronized swimming titled AQUAdance at the 27th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Performances take place at an off-site venue with a pool and a cash bar, located exactly one mile from the Fringe Beer Tent!
Plus, there will be free pop-up performances in portable baby pools on the Fringe Lawn and at Kids Fringe throughout the festival! Be sure and take photos to post on social media with the hashtag #AQUAdance.
This incredible production is brought to you by the award-winning company behind 2017’s Voci Dance: Paint Chips (Orlando Sentinel’s “Best of the Fest” and Orlando Weekly’s “Best of Orlando”). Matt Palm of the Orlando Sentinel has already chosen AQUAdance as one of seven shows he has his eye on this Fringe season! With only 20 tickets available for each performance, don’t miss your chance for bragging rights to see the first Fringe water ballet.
AQUAdance is a very personal fusion of modern dance and water ballet that satisfies a longtime aspiration for Artistic Director Genevieve Bernard, the force behind the concept and direction of AQUAdance, with the choreography developed in collaboration with the dancers. Guest choreographers Mary Clymene and Adrienne Nichols also contributed to the production.
Passionate about the art and legacy of Esther Williams, Bernard says she “loves the challenge of choreographing site-specific work. And my awesome family of dancers love to work collaboratively with me to develop the characters in my stories. In my mind, I create a ‘playground’ for my dancers, and this time, the water, pools and props make the playground unique.”
AQUAdance will be as much fun for the dancers to perform as it will be for the audiences to watch! Voci Dance has a reputation that draws new and old fans to see what they have created, and AQUAdance will be no different. Audiences will be struck by the moments of spectacle, comedy, sweetness, beauty and stillness blended with modern dance. Expect to see cinematic shapes created by the dancers in the water, choruses of water dances, kitschy poses by the side of the pool ̶ plus a few dying swans and giant flamingo floats!
AQUAdance will perform seven ticketed shows (50 minutes long) in the AQUA Venue (1314 Chichester Street), at a pool in a private home close to Loch Haven Park. This special production was made possible by the generosity of the Awesome Foundation Orlando and ARFNOTZ Productions.
Image credit: Sarah Lockard of Voci Dance channeling Esther Williams in AQUAdance. Photograph by Tisse Mallon.