Dancers tap into energy and audacity
DANCENORTH has unveiled two short but powerful new works to a full house.
The measured grace of artistic director Raewyn Hill’s Black Crows, developed from the company’s residency at the Baryshnikov Centre in New York, contrasted brilliantly with Elie Tass and Ross McCormack’s ( of Belgium’s les ballets C de la B) edgy dance-theatre piece, [ sic].
[ sic] is non-narrative, a series of moments where behavioural constraints are stripped away and private and primal urges reveal themselves in big gestures and minute muscle isolation. The five dancers were stripped back in costume terms as well, dancing in their ordinary underwear as if caught in an unguarded moment at home.
From the human tangle of the opening sequence, [ sic] kept the audience riveted with the audacity of the action. The nearnakedness allowed the audience to appreciate the athletic musculature of the dancers, especially during some extended static poses, which would make a pilates practitioner cry.
Some of [ sic] is quite humorous, other parts sensual, and some really disturbing, including an unforgettable duet by Nicola Leahey and Jessica Jefferies.
Black Crows, with its minimalist aesthetic and understated black costuming, brought the focus squarely to the emotive energy of the piece about relationships tested by war.
The tension between individual feelings and the need for communal cohesiveness is beautifully realised in the ensemble sequences, while the cumulative psychological toll is symbolised by the gradual destruction of the newspapers covering the floor on which they dance.
While the costumes suggest an historical context, the timelessness of the theme is enhanced by the complementary original score of Spanish composer Micka Luna.
D a n c e n o r t h ’ s D o u b l e B i l l i s a t Dancenorth, corner Stanley and Walker streets, Townsville. It’s at 7pm on March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29 and May 6, 13. Tickets cost $ 35 for adults, $ 33 concession, $ 28 company members, and $ 15 for students. This is a 15+ show.