Conceptualised and choreographed by Gideon Obarzanek, Artistic Director of progressive Melbourne dance company, Chunky Move, Glow is magically brought to life with software masterminded by Frieder Weiss. Weiss, who collaborates with German-based dance company, Palindrome, is the creator of EyeCon, a digital video motion tracking software. To compliment the potential and sharpness of Weiss’ creation, Obarzanek has choreographed a work that is mainly floor-based and which relies on extreme athletic agility. The 26 minute solo performance feels as invigorating as it is to watch.
While the visual kaleidoscope is sufficiently impressive, Obarzanek takes Weiss’ play of light a step further flipping the harmonious balance into a nightmare. Lines and shapes which once encapsulated Black’s lithe body, gradually morph into dark and foreboding shapes that lurk around her. The safe and hypnotic white noise by Luke Smiles descends into a cataclysmic percussive explosion that has more than a few of us shivering in our seats.
Glow is a stunningly innovative work that leaves you hungry for more. It takes you from awe and anticipation to panic and welcome relief and is proof that technology need not hinder performance.
The Studio at Sydney Opera House in association with Chunky Move present
Venue: The Studio | Sydney Opera House
Dates/Times: Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 March @ 6.30pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March @ 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
Duration: 26 minutes
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or www.sydneyoperahouse.com/thestudio