DANCE REVIEW: Out of Light

David Allen

When one of Australia's most talented contemporary choreographers gets together with a projection artist, a brilliant lighting designer and a fiendishly creative composer, 'Out of Light' is the result.
DANCE REVIEW: Out of Light
When one of Australia's most talented contemporary choreographers gets together with a projection artist, a brilliant lighting designer and a fiendishly creative composer, Out of Light is the result. Pushing the boundaries of traditional contemporary dance, the piece is an experiment in musicality both weird and wonderful. The piece takes place behind a black scrim, which serves as the screen for the projector and a foreground for some of the more interesting lighting effects. The slightly muffled effect thus created gives the effect of watching beings from another world. The scrim does not extend entirely to each wall, however, and it is almost a shame when the choreography extends beyond the edges and the illusion is broken. Much of Parker's choreography, which draws heavily on classical balletic forms and styles, reflects the name of the piece in its engagement with the ideas of shadow and light. While shadow creates invisible hidden areas of stage and strong lighting produces dancing shadows on the opposite walls, the dancers play and experiment with the shadows, to great audience effect. The three young dancers are strong, and do very well with complex choreography set to music that is often arrhythmic and environmental. As is to be expected in situations like this, some timing issues were obvious during unison portions, and it is possible that a more confident approach may have made these less obvious. Out Of Light is an interesting, introspective and experimental piece of modern dance that promises good things from this new independent dance company. Out Of Light runs until March 7th. Out of Light Sandra Parker Dance Date: 26 February to 7 March 2009 Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm Preview: Wednesday 25 February at 8pm Venue: Gasworks Theatre Tickets: $27/$18, $10 Preview Bookings: t: 9699 3253 www.sandraparkerdance.com

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David Allen is an editorial contributor for ArtsHub.