Goodman Arts Centre Blackbox
A Review by Hawk Liu
The dance concert is a triple bill of interdisciplinary works of an abstract nature.
The first piece by choreographer Royston Fan features 2 female dancers and a tall, speaking actor, who looks regal in white shirt, white pants and white shoes. There is a good mix of monologues, dance and mime. By the end of the piece, one wonders about the relationship between the 3 charactors. It is well performed. However, on the sound balance side of things, the music level is too high for the monologues to be heard. Also, I always say, don't use excessive percussion in the music if words are meant to be heard.
The second piece by Vroom Broom Group uses repeated techno music where 2 females dancers go through the same set of movements on a circuit round the entire stage and different times while a lone be-muscled man in centre spot does his own sets of movements. At the end of the piece, one of the female dancers takes over the centre spot to replace the lone guy, thus completing one cycle of the dance. That is an interesting idea.
The 3rd piece by Max Chen is the longest one involving a number of dancers and an opera singer. There is an integration of operatic singing, mime, speech, story telling and dance. This piece is engaging as there is a variety of art forms and movement material than the previous 2 pieces. The mobile phone becomes an object of focus too, likely linking our currect obsessive devotion to it.