Visually arresting from the moment it begins, Vienne’s choreography sees the dancers’ movements unfold in temporally fascinating ways, with time itself seeming to change as we watch the revellers dance. In its opening scene, dancers walk onstage in slow motion, revealing an excruciatingly precise amount of control in each performer, right down to the way they lift a cup to drink from it, the languid pace rebelliously not conforming to the much higher BPM music that plays. During the actual rave itself, the dancers sync up to the music and the individual beats and refrains, lunging forward before freezing, or getting solo numbers where they’re allowed to let loose and let their body free. Some of the most emotive moments are when the entire ensemble moves in unison to perform the same move, like how in a club everyone knows exactly what to do and feels the same way when the same poignant beat drops. There is something achingly powerful about watching them display such energy and precision in each moment, simultaneously capturing the joy and discipline of dance.
Photo Credit: Barbara Braun: MuTphoto
Performance attended 2/6/19
Crowd played at the Victoria Theatre from 1st to 2nd June 2019.
The 2019 Singapore International Festival of the Arts played from 16th May to 2nd June 2019. For more information and the full lineup of shows, visit their website