by Rebecca Ugolini
If the grey winter landscape has you yearning for a little heat, the Bollywood-inspired dance numbers and light romantic comedy in Poutine Masala might be just the spice you need.
Choreographed by Deepali Lindblom, founder of the Deepali Indian dance company, Poutine Masala uses all the drama and comedy of Bollywood dance to tell the story of the cross-cultural love story between a free-thinking young Québecois man and a flirty but reluctant young dancer whose flight from an arranged marriage in India brought her to Montreal.
Poutine Masala's physically-diverse cast sends a positive message about the joy and freedom of dance in an industry and society where narrow standards of beauty mean that appearance sometimes trumps talent and passion. The costumes leave a little to be desired, if all-out Bollywood bling is what you're looking for, although overall the play features a realistic but still visually-interesting aesthetic.