My review in the Chronicle:
“Show up for EmSpace Dance’s “Keyhole Dances,” and choreographer Erin Mei-Ling Stuart will meet you at the door, in a red negligee and cheetah-print slippers, her freshly washed hair swept up in a bath towel. Ushering you upstairs to her Victorian flat, she’ll offer you a cookie and invite you to play voyeur – and Saturday, there was plenty to peek at.
In the bathroom, Jennifer Wright sat on the toilet bawling into a cell phone, while in the TV room, Jesselito Bie and Jessica Fudim wrestled for the remote in slow-motion acrobatics. In one bedroom, a couple shuffled Tarot cards; in the living room, Christy Funsch danced a sad tango, staring longingly out the window at the intersection of Steiner Street.
It’s a constant challenge for talented young choreographers to find affordable spaces in which to show their work; Stuart has solved this by using her home, the exact address provided when you visit the EmSpace Web site and buy a ticket. Her flat is large and slightly creepy, with dark paneling and burgundy carpet; her cast is an assemblage of compelling personalities, many drawn from Huckabay McAllister Dance, with which Stuart performs; and her choreography is quirky, intimate and unexpected. “Keyhole Dances” is a modest show, but a charming one.”
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