The Showroom, Chichester
Featured Image: Chris Tang
3Fall Dance Company is made up of thirteen students, who hold such promise and power with how they move.
They are all third year dance students, from the University of Chichester. The company gives the students an opportunity to see what it could be like to be a part of a professional dance company. Being over ten years old, the company continues to display a range of diverse, eclectic works from professional choreographers. This year they showed work created by Lila Dance Company, Cai Tomos (independent artist) and Victoria Fox (ex-member of the Jasmin Vardimon Company and Candoco Dance Company); the other five pieces were made by third year students. In the past, the company has toured work by Lea Anderson (The Cholmondeleys) and Filip Van Huffel (Retina Dance Company).
The cast, made up of six men and seven women, displayed great technique, stamina and energy. It was exciting to see so many male dancers in one company. Interface by Becky Walker, the fifth piece of the night, with an all-male cast, could have given the dancers of Ballet Boys a run for their money. The male dancers moved with athleticism, stealth and strength, tumbling across the space, yet showing calm, fluidity in their movement. All of the third year choreographies had been adapted and taught to the company, after being performed with an original cast, by other students on the course. It was interesting to see the growth in some of these pieces as the choreographers were given another chance to develop their work. For example, Folie a deux (a madness shared by two) by Jess Lynch-Blosse was originally performed by another male dancer, alongside Aimee Ware, who performed it both times. This difference was apparent, in the original performance there seemed to be more of a connection between the two dancers, probably because they were involved in the process of the piece from the beginning. Ware, performing with Sam Harbour, had less of this connection, although the movement was a lot smoother, with the dancers moving effortlessly. Little noise was made by them, as they moved across the space, allowing the beauty of Nicholas Kraemer and Raglan Baroque’s music, Rodelinda, to chime through.
The whole ensemble was seen in The After Party, by Lila Dance. The theatricality, attention to relationships on stage and subtle humour are aspects of this piece that can be seen in many of Lila’s other works. The piece centred on Emma Gower’s character, who played the girl whose party it was – refusing to accept the many gifts presented to her and also commenting on the sexual tension that arose between the dancers as they moved into couples. Gower fantastically covered up a technical fault, with the music, having to sing Toxic by covered Yael Naim, rather than miming it. I was told, by an audience member, who saw the show the night before that it was far more comical, with the miming, but she did well to keep the piece moving.
The show, as a whole, was very enjoyable, showing huge talent from both the dancers and the choreographers involved. It will be interesting to see what is in store for next year’s company when auditions are held soon.