Constance & Wellesley (Part 1)

Do you remember what it felt like to be a teenager, struggling to define yourself in the face of a world you can’t control? How much would you sacrifice to feel free? DABDA is an original coming-of-age story of seven affluent teenagers in the 1940’s and their journey to find themselves through acts of rebellion, selfliberation and freedom of expression, which plays at the hip Toronto Fringe Festival next month.

Combining contemporary dance, fashion and indie music, DABDA is a heartfelt story you do not want to miss. Created by Alvin Collantes & Hayley Paone in collaboration with the ensemble, DABDA plays at Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival July 5-14, 2013. Tickets are available beginning June 17 via, by telephone or at the door.

In the film, the seven friends escape a posh family Fourth of July ball – and a promise to keep an eye on a little sister – to attend an impromptu underground beach soiree, strictly for teenagers only. The night that follows is filled with innocence and temptation, inhibitions, independence, and love. Ira and her friends push their limits in hopes of discovering freedom. But the plot thickens as they begin to understand the consequences of their actions the morning after Independence Day, and find out there is more to learn about growing up than just being free…

I couldn’t find a trailer for the film, but their promo photos were enough to get my attention! Plus, it’s at the Toronto Fringe Festival, so it’s practically required to be interesting.

The Full Cast of DABDA

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