Space Theatre, Wed 30 Sep
Mixing Australian contemporary dance techniques with the eerie subversiveness that typifies Japanese Butoh, Spectra certainly packs a visual punch that leaves its mark well after one exits the theatre. In a piece that seeks to explore the nature of causality – that one thing always leads to another – Australian choreographer Kyle Page has crafted an immense work that visualises those connections in the most fascinating ways.
Australian dancers Page, Amber Haines, Alisdair Macindoe and Josh Mu are joined onstage by Japanese dancers Mamiko Oe and Rie Teranishi where they join, part, reconnect and writhe across the bare stage floor. Each dancer has their own journey, each reacts to other – there is no choice, it simply happens that way. Like super sensitive nerve endings, their bodies jangle and twist, acting and reacting not only to one another but to the arresting sounds being created live by Japanese composer Jiro Matsumoto. Using guitar and a series of loop pedals, Jiro also adds his own vocals to fashion a soundscape that seems to interact with the movements, carrying the momentum of the dance along.
Fifty LED counters are suspended at various heights above the stage, flickering at a range of speeds throughout most of the performance. Named the Forest Of Time and designed by digital installation artist Tatsuo Miyajima, this beautiful addition to Spectra punctuates movement and sound with this brightly conveyed representation of the passage of time.
Spectra is a wholly immersive experience and judging by the audience’s reaction, one that definitely struck a chord with many. As a dance work, it was difficult to tear your eyes away from a choreography that mesmerises with such delicate intricacy. Beautiful.
Rosie van Heerde
Spectra continues at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, from 7.30pm until Thu 1 Oct.
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