Dancers tap into en­ergy and au­dac­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - News - re­view Ber­nadette Ash­ley ber­nadette. ash­ley@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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