TICK, TICK BOOM
MOVEMENT MEETS TECHNOLOGY IN MOMENTUM
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,