- Donald Hutera
- 5 August 2018
This article is from 2018
Fierce fab fun in a new and fully-inhabited take on Greek mythological
There's nothing like a trio of kick-ass goddesses to get your adrenaline going. The motive for this impressive, wordless physical theatre collaboration between Australian dancer-choreographer Lina Limosani and Scottish director Al Seed is a re-examination of the Moirai, or Fates, of Greek mythology whose shared task is to preside over the destiny of humankind.
The three occupy a space dominated by a free-standing wall composed of rudimentarily, doll-like figures made of thread – us, essentially. Embodied with a fabulously fierce, seemingly telepathic focus by Limosani, Tara Jade Samaya and Kialea-Nadine Williams, these apocalyptic warrior-witches treat their responsibilities with poker-faced dedication. They're a wonder to behold too, even if the entire premise is faintly preposterous.
Anyone unable to invest in their situation might grow impatient with the whole ball of wax. What holds the attention tight and fast is the collective drive of those fully inhabited performances, the visceral pull of the show's kinetic content, the spare yet bold designs and the staging.
The trio's buggy, totemic body configurations are striking. Ditto their play with knitting needles and thread. All of the mightily active tableaux might diminish a little in memory, but while it's happening it's a concentrated wild ride with a charged sense of mystery at the core.
Dance Base, until 19 Aug (not 13), 4.45pm, £13 (£11).