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Disappearing Acts - DanceEast

Disappearing Acts - DanceEast

Disappearing Acts -Yael Flexer

25th November 2016 - DanceEast

Led into a studio, the audience take seats on stools arranged in an intimate circle around a small performance area.

It is immediately apparent that lighting plays a large part in the production. Digital artist Nic Sandiland and lighting designer Natalie Rowland keep this recurring throughout in an artistic fashion, often playing with the audience’s vision through dimmed, hazed and strobe lighting, as well as spot lights and plunges into darkness.

Trust is a noticeable theme and a clear crucial component, with the dancers performing trust falls, lifts and movements that require equal reliance on and co-operation from each other.

A scene that reminded me of the ocean struck me as an excellent artistic creation. Loud, low, rumbling music accompanied with lights on the dancers that I assimilated with the angler fish recreated the deep, dark depths of the ocean.

Curious dialogue arises occasionally through both an invisible narrator and a cast member playing a magician, creating different disappearing acts. Word association and rhetorical philosophical and political questions are part of the dialogue, incorporating dry humour to keep the tone of the production diverse and changing.

The disappearance of the cast is a frequent occurrence, with them moving from light to dark paces and vice versa and coming through the audience to get in and out of the central performance space. Performing outside of the circle at times seems to push the audience into being more involved in the production, an exciting - if slightly uncomfortable - feeling.

Choreography by Yael Flexer and the dancers is exceptional, demonstrating their investment in both the production itself and in each other. They keep their rhythm with or without music and reinforce the ideas of the senses and disappearance throughout. The careful construction and passion that has gone into the choreography, technology and execution of the piece is phenomenal, creating an inspiring and uplifting performance.

Review by Sarah Brandon, under-graduate at University of Suffolk

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