TICK, TICK BOOM

MOVE­MENT MEETS TECH­NOL­OGY IN MO­MEN­TUM

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

IME is on the mul­ti­skilled per­form­ers’ side in Jupiters’ new stage show with a twist, Mo­men­tum.

The pro­duc­tion fuses cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy and move­ment, past, present and fu­ture to cre­ate an un­usual dance-based spec­ta­cle that draws on el­e­ments of com­edy, the­atre and mu­sic.

The show is the brain­child of co-cre­ators Ey­lon Nuphar and Boaz Ber­man, the artis­tic force be­hind the Mayu­mana Group from Tel Aviv.

Af­ter suc­cess­ful sea­sons in Spain and on Broad­way, Mo­men­tum shifts to the Gold Coast for its Aus­tralian pre­miere sea­son.

Ber­man says Mo­men­tum ex­plores the re­la­tion­ships be­tween rhythm, time and syn­chro­nism, with live sam­pling, loop­ing and a ro­tat­ing cast en­sur­ing no two shows are the same. ‘‘We play with the time,’’ he says. ‘‘We have clocks on stage that we pro­gram to tick in the BPM (beats per minute) of the parts. ‘‘We cre­ate our own frame of time in the show. We stop it; we slow it. It was very in­ter­est­ing for us to go into the time.

‘‘We show a lit­tle movie at the be­gin­ning of the show that shows from the point of view of a fly, the way he sees us, he sees us in slow mo­tion, that’s why you can­not catch them. It in­spired us to write the show.’’

The multi-skilled cast of 10 per­form on a spe­cially de­signed, flex­i­ble clock set. Ac­ro­bats be­come singers, singers be­come ac­tors, ac­tors be­come beat-box­ers, beat-box­ers be­come dancers and dancers be­come drum­mers.

‘‘We use the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate video and sound and live loop­ing,’’ Ber­man says.

‘‘We have the past, the present and the fu­ture work­ing to­gether.

‘‘For ex­am­ple, there is an ac­tor on the stage with a cam­era and we video this ac­tor cre­at­ing his own band.

‘‘He plays the bass and we loop it and send it to the screen. And then he’s do­ing the drums and then the gui­tars, and then the full band is play­ing – but he just did ev­ery­thing.’’

plays Jupiters The­atre from to­mor­row un­til June 16.

A scene from Jupiters’ new stage show,

Boaz Ber­man

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