Fringe 2009 – Returning Favorite – Kari Jensen


(One of the things I found most interesting about this preview is that it followed the preview of I’d Kick Puppies For You. And both previews essentially told in movement the evolution and disintegration of a relationship, all set to music, no words on the part of the performers. Kari’s version was more graceful and less comedic – plus the female came off seeming more empowered than defeated when it was done. But it’s intriguing to watch completely different artists explore the same territory back-to-back and come up with results that are familiar, and yet clearly have their own stamp on it.)

Kari Jensen

Stray Pieces

16 dancers take the stage in a series of short works from classical ballet to hip-hop and tap. Exploring emotions, feeling, relationships and menopause, this dance show has something for everyone.

Kari was part of my Top 10 list for 2008 because of her artistic association with fellow dancer/choreographer Joseph Bingham

2008 – Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (Art is Long, Life Is Short)

Words often fail me with dance. But her show last year was really beautiful work. Just watching the human body in motion sometimes is entertainment in itself. Judging by the sample on display at the Fringe-For-All showcase (the video below makes the case better than my words could), looks like we can expect more of the same this year. I’m really looking forward to it.

There’s so much dance in the Fringe sometimes, it’s nice to have a few old favorites you can return to for reliable enjoyment, before heading out to see the work of someone totally new and different. Kari was totally new and different last year. Now her show can be one of the familiar entry points for dance at the Fringe as people re-acclimate themselves, before they go explore some more.

Her show page

Her Fringe-For-All preview…