by Stephanie Lilley
Viva Dance Company - Edmonton, AB
V.8 - The Rachel Browne Theatre 
A compilation of contemporary dances themed around the power of water and performed by the incredibly athletic Viva Dance Company. Set to a soundtrack of modern rock and danced with equal parts ferocity and grace, this show is sure to fill your cup. Viva Dance Company earned a FIVE-STAR rating from CBC at the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe.

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Kids (12 & Under)



No warnings

Accessibility: Hard of hearing / Deaf, English as a new language
Thu July 18 12:00 PM
Sat July 20 10:30 PM
Sun July 21 7:30 PM
Mon July 22 1:45 PM
Tue July 23 3:15 PM
Thu July 25 5:45 PM
Sat July 27 5:30 PM
Sun July 28 7:00 PM


Viva Dance Company—The Rachel Browne Theatre

Confession: I’m not a huge modern-dance fan. Ballet’s more my style (aka I’m older). So, be warned, not a great critic of it.

Still, I’ve seen a fair amount of MD over the years and around the world, and this brilliant piece by Edmonton’s young VIVA company is the best I’ve seen in 20 years. Maybe ever.

Simply off the charts for creativity, choreography, athleticism, poise and execution. And all the things you (might) hate about contemporary dance — pretentiousness, willful obscurity, arrogance, wince-worthy music — is just gone from this stunning tribute to the universality of … water.

Execution? The synchronization is simply superb. The true test of that always comes in the last 15 minutes of an hour-long show when the 8 dancers are dead on their feet. This troupe never missed a beat. And there are no stars here — they all seem equally talented — although one dark-haired dynamo (tats on the back of both legs — can’t miss her) might be the strongest of an intensely acrobatic team.

There are 2 more performances of Water — 5:30 Saturday and 7 pm Sunday. Run, do not walk, for tickets. The best dance performance at this year’s Fringe (I’ve seen all of them). By far.

John Sullivan


Viva Dance Company—The Rachel Browne Theatre

Through my Fringe journeys, I’ve seen a lot of dance shows (A LOT!). I love dance routines, especially when they show off how elegant, agile and beautiful the human form can be. Some of the shows I’ve seen are truly spectacular; this one stands among them.

Admittedly, often I don’t get it—I walk out of the theatre and think to myself, “I loved that show, but I didn’t understand it. What were they trying to say and what were they doing?”

Thanks to some well-timed narration and appropriately lyricked songs in this presentation, I got it! And it’s beautiful! If you only see one dance show, see this one. You’ll love it.

Audiences in Winnipeg love to give standing ovations. I’ve seen people stand and clap for absolute garbage. This was the first Fringe show of the year that I’ve seen where people got off their seats—and
this time, it was well-earned. I was off my seat too—and that says a lot.

Ray Yuen