Reviews

"A strong supporting cast surrounds White and Belville. Habiba Addo conveys both the earthy honesty and heart-wrenching desperation of Harrigan's victim Marni Shutes,"
~ Richard Wattenberg, OregonLive.com


"A highlight of the performance was Habiba Addo, a titan-sized dancer whose rotund heft evaporated under the grace, fluidity and humor she brought to the stage. In a playful duet, she and Eric Skinner shoved and tugged at each other in repeated phrases as they crossed the stage on a diagonal. The movement was fun in and of itself, but Addo imbued it with personality that popped and was a joy to watch."
~ Ross McKeen, Culture Shock Blog


"But Addo is the showstopper, a short, round woman about as far from the idealized image of a dancer as can be imagined. Yet it was her full-bodied embrace of the joy and mischievous spirit of the dance - a one-woman celebration, it was - that imprinted itself on the memory. And she can move."
~ Eric Bartels, Portland Tribune


"The sweetest duet imaginable from Habiba Addo and Eric Skinner... Eric Skinner is a strong, slim, ballet-trained dancer. Habiba Addo, a native of Ghana, is far rounder than we are used to seeing our dancers on American stages. They start of the dance walking along one of the diagonals of the square, and they start pushing each other, turn off the diagonal at the end spin, reload, and they are walking that diagonal again, but this time pushing each other offline with a little more oomph, not malicious mind you, maybe what your gym teacher called “rough housing”. They partner each other, Addo turning around Skinner gracefully, allowing him to get some momentum by pushing off of her, getting the best of him with her lower center of gravity when they push against each other, bottom to bottom. And then, Skinner, who has been pretty straight-faced through all of this, melts — he smiles and takes it in and delights. Is this acting? I don’t know. If so, it is great acting, but just as wonderful is the idea that it’s his true response. Addo smoothly integrated into the group dancing, too."
~ Barry Johnson, Art Scatter