By Gregory Ryan on 14 Feb 2018
MicroMove is a series of movement pieces that form a hybrid of dance and theatre. This inaugural program is created by The BlueRoom Theatre and features a nightly program that is curated and mentored by the renowned Dance Psychologist, Dr Shona Erskine.
The dancers and choreographers are all from diverse backgrounds, which makes this evening of dance very assorted; it’s a showcase of WA’s dynamic dancers.
Opening the night was a ritualistic piece by the celebrated Natalie Allen. Allen moves with absolute precision and is a robust presence on stage. Through abrupt contrasts, Allen’s piece signalled themes of oppression and struggling episodes (perhaps symbolising stress, anxiety or ground-shaking events) that can completely stop a person in their tracks.
During the lighter moments of the work, the choreography was slick, and tempo was manipulated with accuracy. Yet, the repetition of the stark, clashing soundtrack, which cued the nebulous series of convulsion-like movements, did get monotonous. Perhaps this was the point?
Sally Richardson fiddled around with a cello with a work that resembled Cirque du Soleil like jests. Accompanied by live music, from Joe Lui, the piece had a comical feel to it as Richardson played an archetype cowboy and even mimed a very cool gunshot. Richardson transferred the cello around the space, displaying control and an array of weight with manipulation of the instrument.
Annette Carmichael graced the stage with James Gentle and performed Air and Artefact, a piece that sees the performance space filled with egg shells. While it innovatively blurs the lines between live music and dance, it’s difficult to comprehend what this piece wished to communicate, beyond the realm of experimentation and exploration.
It’s difficult to rate a production like this as it’s totally eclectic and features an array of artists from diverse backgrounds, which is something to celebrate!
All up, though, if you’re not a seasoned dance appreciator, it’s probably not for you; if you are, and you wish to broaden your contemporary horizons, then it may be.
17 Feb 2018
Main Space at The Blue Room Theatre