6 February 2017
Author: Cath Carver

Sat 4 Feb: Becky Namgauds/Dillon Dance/Simone Damberg Würtz

Becky Namgauds Exhibit F

Dillon Dance We Stand Alone Together

Simone Damberg Würtz Tempus

Becky Namgauds' solo Exhibit F is a poignant work that tackles femicide. Set to the haunting female vocal of Tristesse by Armand Amar, the lace-like wailing sorrowfully conjures distant lands. Namgauds begins kneeling with hair swept forward in a cascade of curls. Her hair remains key throughout, whether parted and dragged across the floor or spinning like a Catherine Wheel, as she tumbles roughly again and again across the floor. Uneasy and tussled Namgauds is bare chested and breathes heavily. Although the ending trails off inconclusively – likely due to this being a work in progress – it stands as a raw and commanding piece.

We Stand Alone Together from Dillon Dance is a dynamic and well-executed journey into what strength means alone versus together. The stage is softly lit and smoky. Eight female dancers alternate between rowed formations, solo turns and paired struggle. With intensity, fluid limbs snap to the industrial soundtrack. The solos each begin with a jolt as if woken from a nightmare. Alone they must navigate their own frustrations and inner dialgoue. One screams "No" at the top of her lungs. A polished work from choreographer Shaun Dillon and a high-calibre cast.

Simone Damberg Würtz's Tempus is an interpretation of new score Game on – inspired by Game Theory and the crimes of bankers – by composer Cheryl Frances Hoad. Pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam duets with the analog 'computer speak' of a Commodore 64. A female dancer is projected overhead as dancers Adam Park and Daniel Davidson deploy angular robotic jerks, mechanical paddles and (most pleasingly) graceful lifts as they converge in the centre. The outfits are silver and shiny, lending a metallic sense of spacey robot chic. A quirky assemblage that occasionally amuses and often bemuses.

Cath Carver



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