By Julia George
It isn’t often that solid contemporary dance adapts a lighter, comedic spin. Involuntary does just that, in effortless style. The piece, which could also be described as physical theatre, pokes fun – tongue in cheek – at the hilarity of our era. Endless disclaimers, warnings, rules are highlighted, along with technology, social media, and modern-day relationships.
Involuntary brings to life the parallels between unconscious physical movement and other unconscious behaviors in society. The juxtaposition that as we become more connected digitally we’re becoming less connected physically is an evident theme throughout.
Performers Ninian Donal, Timothy Rodgers, Veronica Shum and Jessica Statton show off their maturity and versatility in this piece. Not only do they execute the complexity of Lazaroff’s choreography with ease, they are also great actors and their theatricality was strong and punchy.
The projection and lighting (Nic Mollison), and soundtrack (Sascha Budimski) were well presented and complemented the choreography and performers.
A realisation of 21st century complexities, Involuntary will make you think (and laugh) at all the automatic and unconscious behavior we engage in, but more fittingly the simplistic nature of the beautiful ending scene is a reminder of the simple pleasures of realhuman contact.
Kryztoff Rating 4K
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