nytheatre.com review by Pamela Butler
August 16, 2012
In Contrasts, movement artists Dana Cavaleru and Richard Bovnoczki of Bucharest, Romania, have brought a delightfully unique style of story telling to the New York International Fringe Festival. Using a blend of mime, dance and expressive movement, the two talented and versatile performers explore the nuances of relationships; the similarities and contrasts between men and women.
They use some of the comedy style of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but add their own flavor and innovation. Over the course of an hour they take us to familiar places, meeting and getting to know each other, exploring the pleasures, pains and anxieties of connecting and the difficulties of life beyond our control. Do we ever really know the other? It seems we do and we don’t. Can we get along? We do and we don’t.
Their imaginative and engaging program ventures into rough weather, real and emotional and solves the problems of opening a tight jar of – pickles? and getting window glass clean.
There is no special attribution for sound and lights so I am guessing this is also the creative and effective work of the performers. A perfect way to spend an hour escaping the heat, the street and the bad news from anywhere. Take time to check out this novel and satisfying duo from a distant land doing their own thing and doing it well.