Earthfall Dance, Forever and Ever

Review in Issue 7-4 | Winter 1995

Earthfall Dance used a variety of live music, from rock to traditional folk, to punctuate a physical portrayal of one company member’s horrific ordeal during a demonstration against the brutal regime in Brazil in the 70s. The set comprised of a rectangular burnt yellow box where the three performers, one man and two women, relived Margarida Morini’s account of her best friend Anna’s abduction and subsequent torture. Fragility and anguish were apparent from the start, a guitarist stood in the audience rhythmically strumming, whilst the agile performers physically attacked and provoked each other using repetition and contact improvisation. The use of verbal language was pared down to a minimum leaving narration through a language of mime, contemporary dance and gesture. Issues of confinement, oppression and compassion were explored symbolically with moments of high tension contrasting with emotional tenderness. The company acted with sensitivity and emotional engagement but ran the risk of being over-sentimental, specifically at the portrayal of Anna’s torture which was mirrored through the use of Margarida’s emotional responses. A burning candle, dripping water and an intimidating swinging light enabled the actors at times to extend their visual points of reference. Forever and Ever was a thought-provoking insight into the brutal treatment of human captivity and was communicated tenderly through the uses of dance, live music and symbolism. Earthfall Dance used a personal and truthful approach which could have been even more effective through the use of understatement.

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  1. Oct 1995

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