Thurs 13 Feb
Eric Nyira/Exzeb Dance Artism Act II Multiple variations
Julie Schmidt Andreasen and Ehud Freedman Hula Hoops
Arc Dance Conversations with Dystonia
From flashing lights to twirling round scaffolding three very different works are shown in tonight’s triple bill. Eric Nyira/Exzeb Dance causes goose bumps to rise across my skin when a video recaps the events of Artism Act I, performed last year at Resolution! 2013. A booming voice, echoing in surround sound, confronts the fact that dancers are there to be watched, but they are people too. Specks, waves and different shapes of light swim across the black walls and floor. The spectacular lighting display distracts from the power of the explosive choreography by Nyira, however, David Gellura spins and floats on top of a cloudlike projection with a similar elegance to Russell Maliphant in Afterlight.
Following Artism, Julie Schmidt Andreasen and Ehud Freedman present Hula Hoops, a playful trio that could have been a duet, with dancers often being left out of the fun. Disappointed by the lack of an actual hula-hoop the three dancers engage with an imaginary hoop, gyrating their hips and nodding their heads. The invisible hoop passes between them, circling round different parts of their bodies. This comical ending comes after a series of quirky and refreshingly simple moves, and finding out that Manuela Sarcone smokes a lot.
Arc Dance presents the life of Suzie Birchwood, who choreographed and performs in Conversations with Dystonia. She lays out the struggles that she faces living with dystonia, a condition that left her as a wheelchair user at the age of 17. Tyrone Herlihy contorts his body around the tall, triangular scaffolding, hanging upside down with just his leg wrapping around the top bar. An emotive piece of performance art; even involving the live musician. Nao Masuda bashes out notes on the keyboard with her bare leg. The performance stuns the audience into silence, not knowing whether to clap or cry as the dancers, who are clearly reeling from the emotional roller-coaster that the piece takes them on, bow.