Dance

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS DS Deborah Jones

(M) A very dis­ap­point­ing CGI-heavy epic from Alex Proyas set in an an­cient Egypt where gods and hu­mans in­ter­act but not very in­ter­est­ingly. The poor script and limp di­a­logue con­stantly de­tract from the oc­ca­sion­ally im­pres­sive vis­ual ef­fects, though the bor­row­ings from dis­parate movies such as Trans­form­ers and the In­di­ana Jones fran­chise are ob­vi­ous. Still, there’s a ros­ter of Aus­tralian tal­ent on dis­play be­hind and in front of the cam­era, with amus­ing turns from Bryan Brown and Ge­of­frey Rush as mild bonuses.

Vic­to­ria (MA15+) This won­der from Ger­man di­rec­tor Se­bas­tian Schip­per is shot in one 139-minute take with­out a sin­gle edit. It’s a daz­zling tech­ni­cal achieve­ment and though the plot — in­volv­ing a Span­ish wait­ress liv­ing in Ber­lin who be­comes in­volved with shady char­ac­ters and a bank rob­bery — is far-fetched it’s never less than en­joy­able.

Coun­ter­move It’s not of­ten Syd­ney Dance Com­pany looks this wild and tough. As Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tene­bris starts the dancers prowl around like feral cats, get into light­ning-fast tussles with oth­ers and then do a run­ner. It ends that way too, ev­ery­one flee­ing from some­thing. The at­mos­phere is edgy and mys­te­ri­ous, cre­ated in no small part by the com­mis­sioned elec­tronic score from Nick Wales that evokes the vast­ness of the uni­verse as it buzzes, hums, clanks and drones. Again dark­ness pre­dom­i­nates al­though there are melodic chords sug­gest­ing chinks of light that insin­u­ate them­selves from time to time into the dense fab­ric. Th­ese dancers al­ways look sharp but here sleek­ness gives way to fe­ro­ciously strong and mus­cu­lar at­tack. They need it for this hugely de­mand­ing work. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Ends to­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $30-$89. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1999 or on­line.

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