Superbly theatrical, but repetitive

2011-09-19 00:00

THIS superbly theatrical piece, which could only be described as a fusion of physical theatre and contemporary dance, was breathtaking in its technical execution and ability of its performers, Craig Morris, Gerard Bester and Rayzelle Sham.

Conceived and choreographed by Roslyn Wood-Morris, it reveals the lonely desperation of three characters in a bar.

At once funny and moving, the characters play out their nightly ritual as they slowly sink into their drunken states.

Morris as the “invisible” barman is, as always, physically riveting in his Sad Sack attempts to be noticed by the sensual Sham.

Bester’s flamboyantly sleazy cowboy is simultaneously hilarious and sad.

The bar-fight tango between the two men is the highlight of the piece.

Sham is sensual and expressive in her need for physical contact with another human being.

At times, the performers make it look so easy that one almost forgets the enormous amount of skill involved.

Unfortunately, this being a character-driven dance, there is a limit to the characters’ exposition, and it becomes repetitive, with no more story to be told.

The set was cleverly designed to take the weight of the action, and the use of clear glass and plastic for the props reflected the lighting very effectively.

All in all, worth seeing for its skill and creativity, but limited in development.

 

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