I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Different and unusual— a delicious assault on your imagination and senses
Before I embark on this review I should be clear... I love modern dance! I love the magic of bodies pushed to extremes in order to explore beliefs, concepts and emotions without using words or constructed narratives. Modern dance always leaves room for the audience to inject their own interpretation and from this perspective respond. Dust, a collaboration between Dancenorth's Artistic Director Kyle Page and Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines, delivers all that and more.
This is Dancenorth's third year with the Brisbane Festival. Dust, as with all their works, pushes conceptual and contemporary-dance boundaries. Through Dust, the directors investigate the architecture of inheritance - that is how the world, both intimate and global, influence our development and views of self and others.
Both the set and the choreography made me think of a primordial world where life was emerging and then struggling, in a harsh world, to find a connection with one's self, others and land. This performance was filled with contrast, it was erotic yet earthy, ethereal yet powerfully athletic, fluid yet at times jarring and finally, filled with a tenderness that was interrupted by violent movements and aggressive sets.
The seven young dancers (Samantha Hines, Mason Kelly, Jenni Large, Ashley McLellan, Georgia Rudd, Felix Sampson and Jack Ziesing) left nothing in reserve, they were totally committed to the artistic expression and pure athleticism of this performance. At times, I was totally shocked by moves that would cause damage to the average human, and equally awed by the limitless manipulation of their bodies - joints defied all anatomical rules. However, my favourite moment was the opening scene when Ashley McLellen explored the loneliness of new life with a tenderness and fluidity that was simply delicious.
Dust is playing at the Powerhouse theatre 19 to 22 September as part of the Brisbane Festival. If you miss this short season, keep your eye out for future Dancenorth productions.