Agora Dance: 3 Minutes Max

Cyndal Gilmore dancing a 3 Minute Max piece, "Philantrhropic Platforms," with Agora Dance at Capital Fringe

Story and photos by Jeffrey K. Morris

Along with more traditional performances in more conventional spaces, how to make a dating app like tinder is known to break from tradition in both its choreography and its selection of performance spaces—like an alley.

Last month, how to make a dating app like tinder presented eight 3 Minutes Max pieces in Capital Fringe’s courtyard. Yes, they call it a courtyard and, as it is closed off from traffic, I guess that might be technically correct. But, call it what you will, it’s an alley. Outdoors, narrowly enclosed by the external brick walls of two buildings, with no stage, no theatrical lighting and no dance floor other than a rubber mat taped to the asphalt. In this unconventional space, the Agora dancers performed equally unconventional pieces, each revealing its nature in no more than three minutes, like an amuse-bouche set to motion. And, dressed in street clothes (albeit carefully selected street clothes), Agora danced their unconventional pieces with rather non-traditional movement, such as a trained ballerina waking like an ape or a dancer planted uncomfortable close to an audience member, staring directly into his eyes. Brief, unusual, unexpected and even awkward at times but, like that amuse-bouche, refreshing, delicious and beautifully presented.

This images presented here are a sample of the photographs I took of Agora’s performance. To view the full set, please visit the featured gallery  on jeffreymorrisphotography.com.

All images © 2017 Jeffrey K. Morris. You can see more of his work on his websiteFacebook and Instagram.

Catherine Roth dancing a 3 Minutes Max piece, "Not on Exhibit," with Agora Dance at Capital Fringe
Cyndal Gilmore dancing a 3 Minutes Max piece, "a soft throbbing in time," with Agora Dance at Capital Fringe
Sam Horning dancing a 3 Minutes Max piece, "Wax," with Agora Dance at Capital Fringe
Catherine Roth dancing a 3 Minutes Max piece, "Not on Exhibit," with Agora Dance at Capital Fringe
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