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by Georgina Tselekidis (subscribe)
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Arch 8 take an ordinary and iconic game to another level
Who doesn't love a game of Tetris? I still remember the joy I felt every time I immersed myself into the world of geometric blocks and technicolour sights and sounds on my Gameboy during the 90s. As part of the DreamBIG Children's Festival and all the way from the Netherlands, Tetris lets us relive it all again. Although the concept seems so simple, Arch 8 take the idea of this much loved electronic game and transform it into a real life dynamic and acrobatic experience.

Among a bare black stage and backdrop, we are introduced to four silent bodies dressed in different coloured tops who begin to move in a machine-like way, synchronised and structured, treating themselves like little blocks that find their place in the computer game. What begins as a repetitive choreographed sequence, soon turns into something much more active and intense, pushing the boundaries of what the human body is capable of. Electronic sounds fill the room and we're reeled into an imaginative realm of play as the characters connect with one another through movement, sound and cues, giving meaning to making fun out of the simple things and finding the good in the everyday. But Tetris isn't only for the kids, as adults should be prepared to have their inner child released by the end of the 60 minutes. With Rubik's Cubes to match the theme, the characters begin to control each other and the crowd is given a chance to participate.

The kids loved twisting and turning the Rubik's Cubes as though they were in charge of the characters' twists, turns and jostles, and as giggles filled the room at the silly movements made, we were all summoned to the stage to join in. Holding hands with strangers, stepping outside of our comfort zones and playing alongside children like we were all back at kindy, adds to Tetris' unique quality which communicates a special message underneath the humour of it all - that it's okay to take a break and have fun. Be silly. Be imaginative. Let go and be a kid again! Tetris quite literally breaks down all the barriers and allows us to interact with one another in a way we once did as children, whilst making us forget about the seriousness of the world for just a short while.

With smiles all around, it's no wonder Arch 8's Tetris has received enthusiastic and positive responses from everywhere they've appeared. A winner of 'Best Show' at the International Performing Arts for Youth 2016 (Canada), Tetris combines extreme physicality, energy and vivacity til the very end, rubbing off on us as we all became a part of the game of interlocking shapes, pattern and imagination.
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Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, Space Theatre
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