© Photos by Robin P.E. Chee. Courtesy of T.H.E Dance Company.
International Artists Showcase closes off M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival 2016 with three versatile dance pieces, leaving the audience in awe in a festival distinguished by its strong and forward thinking curatorial vision.
Longfade, a solo performance focused on movement research, a particular and vigorous one upholding qualities of the animal kingdom in the visceral and humble choreography of Elías Aguirre.
Defying gravity in a circular pattern; sometimes one can imagine a dog jumping around, other times a grasshopper looking to hide underneath grass while looking for a mate. Aguirre suspends the choreography, retrograding dance material to bring one’s attention to the tiniest details, with locking, popping and slow motions played against grounded, lengthened steps he can declare fragility and a thirst for curiosity.
International Artists Showcase continues with Je te haime, HURyCAN blows the audience with dangerous and precise manoeuvre blurring the lines between accident and fantasy with a witty theatrical layer of fun and aggressiveness – an excellent performance, and a Masterclass in Contact Improvisation; this duet plays a dangerous game of tension, love and punishment with the most complex movement.
A tango-inspired duet initiates this adventure into circus and dreamland. On one particular moment, Candelaria Antelo manages to use Arthur Bazin’s body as a map for an entertaining adventure where she never touches the floor.
Exploring all the possible parts of the human body as a support mechanism to work with gravity, rolling over each other she places all her weight inside his armpit with a strong foothold, balancing the head in the opposite direction. Later, his balance is on hold through Candelaria’s wrists inside Arthur’s mouth. Confronting gravity and supporting one another, the dancers pull and push off each other in a quest for silliness, other times for love and discipline, leaving the audience on the edge of a cliff, uncomfortable, scared but lastly safe. Je te haime is magical, and it manifests inside the public’s body; everyone leaves the theatre changed from within.
Inspired by the Weight of Force is Ross McCormack’s solo performance trip down a rabbit hole, a hallucination. He seems to wake up high and acutely aware of every single sound. Composer Jason Wright presents a complex, loud and ecstatic soundscape detailing every single movement in McCormack’s face and body actions while folding a jacket with surgical precision.
Sound encapsulates this loose narrative, embodying a perverse outward experience. Visually striking, he dances to music like a mad man high on drugs; McCormack answers to all of his brain demands with precise gaze – leading the audience through the smallest details of this dramatic theatrical dance performance.
International Artists Showcase with M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival 2016, at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 10th of December.