|Anatomy of an Afternoon|
|Written by Emily Garrett|
|Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:29|
Rarely does one see something on stage, which captivates so fully not only the imagination, but the intellect and pathos of every member of the audience. And it is not often one comes across theatre which draws you in, in a nature so encompassing that it is easy to forget you are watching theatre at all. Instead, the beauty, precision and thoughtful art with which Paul White moves – sometimes animal, sometimes human – across the stage is riveting, if not mesmerizing. Supported by talented musicians and an inventive musical score, there is arguably no flaw in White’s performance, aided by a powerful lighting design, which is magnified in the iconic Sydney Opera Playhouse.
Admittedly, the beginning is almost excruciatingly slow for the more impatient theatre-goers in the audience. However, as White crawls, jumps, slides and writhes across stage, gradually losing almost all items of clothing, the pace is intensified; we see the terrifying muscular physique of this highly skilled dancer, his magnified silhouette playing across one wall of the Playhouse. The result is soothing. The highly interpretive and almost introspective qualities of the show are lightened by small pinches of comedy here and there – at one point White runs almost incessantly in circles, emphasizing perhaps a ridiculous monotony, or simply poking fun at himself.
An unforgettable experience. Book your tickets now!
2012 Sydney Festival
Anatomy of an Afternoon
Venue: Playhouse | Sydney Opera House, East Circular Quay
Dates: January 9 – 16, 2012
Tickets: $40 – $35
Bookings: 1300 668 812 | www.sydneyfestival.org.au