Part rehearsal studio, part performance, ‘recital.’ explores six Western Australian dancers’ relationships and experiences with dance to examine the challenges and impacts of the industry.
Entering the black box studio at The Actor’s Hub, the audience are immediately transported into the rehearsal process of ‘recital.’ The set is dressed somewhat simply, but effectively, with elements of a studio to bring to life the physical and metaphorical space where the performance takes place. The studio is a constant image, evolving in meaning as each performer shares their experiences within it.
The joys of having a cast of six are apparent in this, as we are given insight into diverse experiences of modern dancers. Identity is explored through the lens of physical and creative expression. There are strong moments of ensemble movement, dancing which reveals connection and taps into the core of the piece.
The performance combines spoken word, monologue, and movement, to tell each individuals’ story through different mediums. The writing is considered, but it is the moments of dance, the art form that has brought these people into the studio, that is most effective. The performers are most successfully expressive through the physical, as the dialogue has a tendency to over inform in moments where movement is enough, preventing beautiful images from sitting and breathing to their full potential.
There is terrific skill in this cast, shown through each’s solo dance moments and their unique styles. There is a softness to the quality of movement that is consistent throughout and this is complimented by thoughtful costuming, which ties the cast together with a light and floaty aesthetic.
Most impactful, is the image of the cast together at the end of the performance. There is a beautiful conclusion drawn about what they have created together, and the positive influence of their communal experience is clear. Moments like these are what Fringe is for.