Anomie (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.


Energy and technology come together

Precarious has been upholding awkward multi-media performance art for three years at Zoo, staging an annual ambitious extravaganza that combines dance, words, a storming soundtrack and video installations. Anomie continues their run of hard-edged commentaries, conjuring six lives from a single apartment building and detailing their isolation.

Using dance as their primary medium, Precarious rough-house and fling themselves onto mattresses, swing from the rafters and clamber over the lighting rig: the constant shifts of speed and intensity making this unsettling and provocative. Alienated and frustrated, the clearly defined – if slightly stereotypical – characters babble and complain, always seeking, never finding.

There is an outstanding set-piece: frantic sexual couplings towards the ends capture both the joy and emptiness of promiscuity, funny and melancholic at the same time. And while the isolation of the title is almost tangible, the structure sags and the use of technology is not tight enough, with videos badly synched to the dancers: this is alienating for the wrong reasons.

Precarious has wonderful ambitions and always entertain through their daring physicality and intense polemic. Even if their techniques could be honed, their synthesis of arts holds promise and their passion is admirable. (

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 31 Aug, 8.30pm, £10 (£7).


  • 3 stars

Award-winning Precarious's breakneck physicality, stunning imagery and cutting-edge technology, creates a portrait of modernity that will disturb and delight audiences. Intense, provocative, delicate and comic, 'theatre for the 21st-century - brilliantly inventive, challenging, risk-taking' (Stage).

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