Dystopian dance

Double Think (Force Majeure)

Brisbane Powerhouse, Turbine Studio

August 14 – 17


The concept of Doublethink was created by George Orwell in his dystopian novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, in which it is described as simultaneously holding two contradictory opinions. In Orwell’s seminal classic, this dual cognition becomes a necessary means of survival. In a 2013 context, it could labelled an intuitive advantage. It is this speculation that is explored in “Double Think”, a concise contemporary work of duet dance from award-winning Australian choreographer Byron Perry.

“Double Think” explores the language of dance as it offers audience members thematic expression of binary oppositions rather than a narrative journey or character study. But the show is more than just one of dance, as it complements powerful movement with well‐conceptualised staging and lighting.  Interesting staging sees a wall of multi‐sized movable blocks (including lighting) being changed by performers to feature as part of the ongoing composition.  Far from being a distraction, however, this ongoing onstage manipulation opens up the parameters of the performance in a way that enhances holistic impact and appreciation.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8KjhetKgMM

The Orwellian world of dystopian Doublethink is a darkened tunnel of little guiding light. This is explored through presentation of the shifting notions of light and shade, silence and noise, movement and stillness. In presenting these juxtaposed concepts, dancers Kirstie McCracken and Lee Serle give rhythmic, powerful performances that are mesmerisingly organic yet also, at times, playful and fun, which contributes to the show’s effective balance between artsyness and pretension. Indeed, “Double Think” is a conceptual, but controlled production, and as such, it leaves the audience with much to consider and appreciate.


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