This article is from 2007.

A perfect blend of dance and technology

Last year, Bristol-based company Precarious Dance proved that dance, physical theatre and technology can work together in perfect harmony. The company’s dynamic Fringe show, Junction 8 used two performers and a plethora of video screens to create a range of disparate characters.
This year, they’ve gone a step further, using six performers and even more technology, in a tale of one man’s isolation. ‘He’s a bit of a recluse and a loner,’ says co-artistic director, Dan Shorten. ‘He doesn’t venture out into the world and is afraid to go and experience the things that life has to offer.’

The company’s love of technology isn’t shared by everybody, of course, and Druthers is a response to those people who feel society is better off without it. ‘A lot of people talk about technology having a negative effect on communication and that it keeps people shut up in their rooms,’ says Shorten. ‘But we feel that technology can really add to your voice. So we created a show about people, where technology is used to demonstrate the exciting things that you can do in life.’

The main driving force behind Precarious, however, is accessibility. The company tries to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, from regular theatre-goers, to clubbers to film buffs. ‘We blend movement, text and video, and classical material with contemporary so that anybody can come,’ says Shorten. ‘Somebody who has been going to the theatre for years will spot the Godot references, somebody else will recognise a piece of music from a nightclub, and somebody else will think that shot was similar to a certain film.’

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 5–27 Aug (not 6), 8.30pm, £8 (£6). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £4.


  • 3 stars

Acclaimed dance company Precarious mix innovative dance with spectacular digital effects.

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