Fringe 2012: The Little Mermaid
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Fringe 2012: The Little Mermaid

Photo by Brian Lin.

Sisters of Salome

Sunday, July 8, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 6 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 5:45 p.m.

Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79 St. George Street)

At first glance, a bellydance version of The Little Mermaid seems like an odd idea. Why would anyone want try to sexy up a classic children’s story? After watching five minutes of the Sisters of Salome’s reinterpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the question becomes “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?” Lead dancer Sarah Skinner, who plays the lovelorn fish-woman, does a wonderful job of conveying emotions using her body and face. There are no words in the entire production, yet the plot is remarkably easy to follow, and it almost goes without saying that the dancing is fantastic.