Chutzpah! 2013: Lesley Telford’s Brittle Failure.
“…As for the dancing, I was most taken by the two duets–between Ansa and Archer, and then between Ansa and Oliviera–that conclude the piece. The first is by far the more physical, the strength of one partner’s fragile hold tested by the counter-weight of the other’s oppositely straining body, Ansa and Archer enacting their own “brittle failure,” which as the program notes remind us “is a technical term used to define the conditions under which solid materials fracture under pressure.” Then, in the final duet between Ansa and Oliviera, Telford seems to be asking under what conditions might those broken pieces be put back together, a final origami abode placed gingerly between one foot of each of the dancers as they slowly pivot around it and also raise it delicately aloft, careful now not to crush what real or imagined space binds them together: 'safe as houses'.”
Peter Dickenson, Performance, Place, and Politics, Vancouver, 10/02/2013
Lesley Telford and Itzik Galili bring their unique choreographic voices to the Chutzpah Festival
“It says something that despite the strong presence of the striking scenography, it’s the pure dance sections that draw your attention most throughout Brittle Failure. Through various fraught couplings, Telford seems to be getting at the fragility of relationships and the way they can break under pressure.”
“There is no doubt Telford has a clear, fluid, and utterly unique voice when it comes to choreography.”
Georgia Straight / Janet Smith, Vancouver, 8/02/2013