For many of us, our childhood home provides some of our most vivid memories. The same goes for Nichole Canuso, a veteran of the Philadelphia dance scene.
In her new show, “Midway Avenue,” premiering tonight at Fringe Arts, Canuso offers a one-woman take on how the spaces we inhabit in our early years shape us later in life.
The idea for the show arose when Canuso was researching a more theoretical project. “Images from my childhood started to come up,” she said. “Little by little, that crept into the piece I ended up making.”
Canuso uses memories from the two-story house where she grew up in 1980s Philadelphia. And because she says “a bunch of memories really formed around the piano,” she also sets the show to composer Frederic Chopin’s 24 preludes.
But the show is as much about memory as it is the limits of memory, what Canuso thinks she remembers about her childhood.
“I look around at this house, and even though I lived there for 10 years, only certain pieces of furniture are there, and they’re not necessarily the pieces of furniture that were there at the same time,” she said. “Then I look around, and there’s things that never happened that got lodged in there that maybe I collected from other people telling stories, and I stored them in that house.”
Canuso plays two roles in the show — the adult and the child. “It’s kind of like a time-lapse photograph,” she said.
It isn’t your typical Friday-night ballet, but Canuso says she feels comfortable stretching the boundaries of her art in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I feel like the kinds of experiments that are happening here are really electric and really smart,” she said. “I am a big fan of the Philadelphia dance community.”