Firstly I would like to start with a disclaimer, that being born and raised in Russia, I grew up with the concept of all things traditional and classical – art, opera and ballet. Until a couple of years ago, I thought that for me to accept contemporary dance would be a huge challenge, and I wrongly compared contemporary dance to abstract art, which, let’s be honest – is not to everyone’s taste. That was until a very talented young lady who is currently conquering the world in London at Trinity Laban introduced me to the magical and completely new world of contemporary dance, and this is how my contemporary dance love story began.
Now, “2 One Another” is not just A contemporary dance, it is an overwhelming dance performance that tells multiple stories and is accompanied by spectacular visual effects and organically mixed-in soundtrack. From start to finish I was unable to disengage even for a second from the stories that unfolded on stage and the feeling of utter fascination remained with me for the next few days, reminding me to observe our daily life from a different angle, after seeing it in the dance form on stage.
The storyline behind the passionate, sensual and completely all absorbing performance “2 One Another” is a series of episodes taken from our daily life that reflect human interaction that we all witness, but put in a contemporary dance performance context. The episodes alternate from stories that show us how we interact in groups and crowds, to the more intimate storylines that take us through couple relationships. Through plasticity, flexibility and perfectly synchronized movement, we observe how the dancers organically form crowds and then dissipate into separate interactions, forcing the spectators to completely immerse themselves into the performance and in a way become a part of a story that unfolds on stage.
One of the things that deserve particular attention from my personal perspective was the background strobe effects, accentuating the music and the movement, making it a synergy between the dance, visual, and sound components, and converting it into a theatre-like performance, rather than just the dance.
The fact that the famed Sydney Dance Company choreographer Rafael Bonachela opened the show with a few words on the history of the performance both in Australia and overseas, made “2 One another” an even more involved and personable experience.
If you are looking to get to know more about contemporary dance, or to experience an incredible visual and sensual performance – I highly recommend seeing “2 One another” and getting the full immersion into the art form of contemporary dance.
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*All images by Pedro Greig