Sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence is food for thought

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Dance - Tanya MacNaughton

CHORE­OG­RA­PHER Laura Boynes prob­a­bly won’t be eat­ing a bowl of rice any time soon.

One thou­sand kilo­grams of the food sta­ple fea­tures on stage in her lat­est work Dark Mat­ter, a cen­tre­piece pro­duc­tion in the four-day MoveMe Fes­ti­val 2016 dance pro­gram at State Theatre Cen­tre of WA, Septem­ber 15-18.

“Rice is in­cred­i­bly heavy to move around and makes for a lot of work shov­el­ling and us­ing brooms,” Boynes said.

“It’s pretty messy, ends up ev­ery­where and leaves a pow­dery residue on any­thing it touches, so by the end of the show the dancers end up look­ing like they’ve been dumped in a pot of flour.

“It’s an in­ter­est­ing tex­ture to work with and has in­flu­enced the chore­og­ra­phy be­cause it’s in­cred­i­bly slip­pery and is like mov­ing around on ice.

“Some move­ments have been too dan­ger­ous but that also means there are things we’ve been able to do which wouldn’t be pos­si­ble on a nor­mal floor.”

Dark Mat­ter will be pre­sented by Per­form­ing Lines WA and per­formed by PRAXIS, a creative col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween WAAPA­grad­u­ate Boynes, her part­ner and cel­list Tris­ten Parr, who com­posed the live sound­track, and her brother Alexan­der Boynes on video and in­stal­la­tion.

“Dark Mat­ter is about hu­man adap­ta­tion and dis­place­ment, our nat­u­ral need as hu­mans to blend into our en­vi­ron­ment and how our en­vi­ron­ments shape us as hu­mans,” Boynes said.

“It’s a very ab­stract work and multi-sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence; there’s re­ally driv­ing, in­ter­est­ing live sound from Tris­ten, vi­brant pro­jec­tion map­ping from Alexan­der and then the five dancers.”

The MoveMe Fes­ti­val 2016 main­stage pro­gram also fea­tures Decadance Perth 2016 by STRUT Dance and Co3’s the cry.

Early bird fes­ti­val passes for en­try to all three shows are on sale un­til Fri­day, Au­gust 19.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d457902

Chore­og­ra­pher Laura Boynes with cel­list Tris­ten Parr, who will per­form along with five dancers in a pro­duc­tion fea­tur­ing dig­i­tal pro­jec­tion map­ping and more than 1000kg of rice.

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