Emotional Journeys to Highlight fireWALL Dance Theater’s ‘Perspectives (as)’


Carlotta Storelli in Perspectives (as). Photo courtesy of Hans H. Gruenert.

Carlotta Storelli in Perspectives (as). Photo courtesy of Hans H. Gruenert.

By Steve Sucato

Two journeys of self-discovery collide in fireWALL Dance Theater’s Perspectives (as). The hour-long production interweaves solo dances by Madrid, Spain-based dancer/choreographer Carlotta Storelli and fireWALL artistic director Elisa-Marie Alaio.

Excerpted from her “Falling Leaves” and set to original music by Jan Huge Saabye, Storelli’s three solos are about “stripping herself down to her most vulnerable state,” says co-choreographer Jenna Rae Smith. “She unmasks herself to come to terms with who she is.”

Alaio’s Smith-choreographed solos, set to original music by Ryan McMasters, depict feelings of alienation and the struggle to retain one’s mask. Performed on a stage divided by a band of light, the six alternating solos culminate in a duet choreographed by Smith in which the two journeys combine. Perspectives (as) marks Switzerland native Storelli’s U.S. debut.

Elisa-Marie Alaio in Perspectives (as). Photo courtesy of Hans H. Gruenert.

Elisa-Marie Alaio in Perspectives (as). Photo courtesy of Hans H. Gruenert.

Smith says that the show arose after off the WALL Performing Arts Center managing director Hans H. Gruenert ran across Storelli’s work during a random Vimeo search. Perspectives (as) receives five performances this weekend.

fireWALL Dance Theater presents Perspectives (as), 8 p.m., through Sun., March 29. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. $5-25. 888-718-4253 or www.insideoffthewall.com

This article first appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper  March 25, 2015. Copyright Steve Sucato.

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