Of dance

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vi­su­als use their own lan­guage to si­mul­ta­ne­ously tell Flat­land’s story. The light­ing and vis­ual de­sign by Ter­ryandTheCuz and Rob Ste­wart show­cases some of the best work seen here in re­cent times, giv­ing both bound­aries and di­men­sions to the stage while us­ing shifts be­tween shad­ows and stark light­ing to ei­ther em­pha­sise or deem­pha­sise the dif­fer­ences be­tween the var­i­ous dancers onstage. Pro­jec­tions, mean­while, clev­erly cap­i­talise on the geo­met­ric con­cept of the story, adding both vis­ual ex­cite­ment and depth to the nar­ra­tive. The sound de­sign by Ste­wart, too, is ex­cel­lent, with its mix of dra­matic in­stru­men­tals, techno beats and video game sounds giv­ing the story an ex­tremely con­tem­po­rary and even fu­tur­is­tic feel; yet, the mu­sic also never fails to hit the right emo­tional note.

It is, how­ever, in the way that all these el­e­ments come to­gether that Flat­land’s beauty lies. In one ut­terly lovely scene, for in­stance, the square vis­its Spaceland, a land of three di­men­sions. Dancers in flow­ing white cos­tumes ex­e­cute ethe­real, fluid move­ments to a throb­bing, haunt­ing score, against a hyp­notic back­ground of shift­ing cir­cuit board-like lines, while the square tries in vain to mimic their move­ments de­spite its own an­gles.

It is a scene that doesn’t re­quire any ex­pla­na­tion or even un­der­stand­ing of con­tem­po­rary dance – like the best parts of the show, you sim­ply feel it in­tensely.

Flat­land is cur­rently play­ing at The Ac­tors Studio @ KuAsh Theatre, Ta­man Tun Dr Is­mail, Kuala Lumpur, at 8.30pm till Dec 14, and at 3pm on Dec 15. Tick­ets, priced at RM53 (adult) and RM38 (con­ces­sion) are avail­able at Tick­et­Pro (www.tick- et­pro.com.my), and at The Ac­tors Studio @ KuAsh, Kuala Lumpur Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (Kuala Lumpur) and Penang­Pac @ Straits Quay (Pe­nang). For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-4047 9000, e-mail info@ter­ryandthecuz.com or visit www.ter­ryandthecuz.com.

The chore­og­ra­phy for is both in­ven­tive and ac­ces­si­ble, with a bal­ance be­tween strong dance vo­cab­u­lary and a play­ful­ness that serves the sto­ry­line well.

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