In the confidence of the grand dance studio of T.H.E Dance Company choreography becomes secret on OFF STAGE and we can witness the tears slowly coming down the performers face, the sweat dripping on the floor as the intensity of the performances grows.
The new platform from M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival brings dance very close to the audience with works in progress that seem ready to visit the stage again very soon.
Adam Lau opens the evening with ‘ i have nothing to do with explosions’ an uncharacteristic dance installation. The choreography of an object acquires the same performance platform and importance as the dance itself. Both dancers run around in circles with this luminous structure on the periphery of the body.
Lau’s stillness shapes the space while the sound intensifies to a point where I could imagine peeling off layers of the music strengthening and expanding laterally- drawing my attention unequivocally back to Lau and Caroline Chin holding an object of light, a metaphor for life and longing.
Chin lifts Lau on a dim light carrying his weight forward to a moment of clarity in a tearful humanistic alliance.
Réveil by MODeCo is a trio of dancers with beautiful extensions demonstrating great agility in space and choreographed by Twinkle Chua. From the outset, the dancers walk down an imaginary catwalk with strobe lighting portraying perhaps a social self. Later as the piece unfolds into elaborate unison and solos across the cast, a veil is presented and manoeuvred in despair revealing another self-struggling version of the same person. The dancing was beautiful to watch even if the interpretation was very literal and simplistic.
Closing off the evening with ‘You/Me?’ by Lim Pei Ern an exquisite dancer with an appetite for text and Thomas Pang, an encouraging director and actor bringing the best out of the worlds of dance and spoken word.
Lean muscles and calculated extensions. Lim moves with attentive determination, in every step of the way she is creative with mesmerising flexibility and strength – underscoring the investigation of feminine/masculine in the body, rather than signposting the ideas to the audience. ‘You/Me?’ Is a bright and inspiring piece of theatre and dance.