Perpetual Motion, A Spoonful of Sugar

Review in Issue 6-4 | Winter 1994

There is no doubt Perpetual Motion is a force to be reckoned with, their demonstration of tackling polemical subjects evoking exemplary visual theatre is thought-provoking to say the least. A strong commitment to their ‘cause célèbre’ manifests itself in both works with the passion and intensity that each needs to create the special environment needed, its ‘raison d'être’.

In A Spoonful of Sugar performances by Laura McCormack and Roland Powell give telling signals of the devastating world that comes into existence as the result of physical and mental abuse, showing how both are inextricably linked. The direction of McCormack and Paul Williams circumvents the space to register the twisted nature of the content which makes any obvious reference to its controversial nature boring. The portrayal of a ‘shock’ value is also revealed in The Body Politic but is much more subliminal because of the approach taken by Em Slater who uses more movement analysis and expression to communicate the dance-like quality of how people are stereotyped, controlled and ultimately destroyed. This is done with performers working in unison and repetition to sound as if to suppress emotion.

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  1. Oct 1994

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Issue 6-4
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