A contorted figure (Sandrine Lafond) lies prone, facedown on the floor, clad in hooded red dress and fur stole. She slowly wakes to circus music, her white face framed with oversized glasses opening wide to greet the morning with a giggle. The little lady limbers up her feet and props herself precariously on tiptoes, tottering around the stage and waggling her tongue at bemused audience.
Over the course of our wordless pantomime hour together, this curious character tries crocheting with giant needles, laps water from a dog bowl, and watches a boxing match on TV. A container appears with magical rejuvenating jujubes, which she consumes enthusiastically. At night, they enact a metamorphosis, causing her to birth a bundle of yarn from her bulbous belly and bud abundant breasts and buttocks.
Lafond, a former dancer with Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion, displays marvelous mastery of her muscles, and the character she creates is undoubtedly unique. Is she the subject of some insidious experiment? A symbol of unachievable ideals of feminine beauty? Honestly, I'm not entirely sure, as I experienced a WTF moment or three during the show. But if you're the sort to seek out the strange and surreal, this show should be one of your best bets this Fringe. Just be sure to sit in the front row if you want a full view of her ground-level antics.
Sandrine Lafond - Montreal, PQ Canada
Friday 18 May; at 7:00pm in the Blue
Saturday 19 May; at 1:15pm in the Blue
Sunday 20 May; at 12:45pm in the Blue
Tuesday 22 May; at 5:15pm in the Blue
Thursday 24 May; at 10:00pm in the Blue
Friday 25 May; at 8:45pm in the Blue
Saturday 26 May; at 1:00pm in the Blue
Price: $11 + Fringe Button (good for entire Fringe)