Every once in a while something truly special comes along and completely blows you out of the water. Paul Malek and Collaboration The Project's Relations, was that special piece of live theatre that transcended all others in a beautiful expression of emotion and talent.
Strong choreography executed by a brilliant cast of dancers made the entire performance as emotionally tumultuous as any passionate relationship. This was the theme of the evening, to explore the powerful and honest way in which people relate to each other. Every different relationship is investigated, lover to lover, sibling to sibling, friend to friend. Relations delves into the human psyche and exposes our innermost thoughts, feelings, temptations and prejudices.
Through the twelve dancers, Malek has formed a clear story arc and allowed each performer to find their own way of story-telling. Each dancer tells a different story, of love or hatred, fear and fantasy and each dancer is exceptional in their performance.
Kim Adam shone as she danced with all the innocent joy of a girl in love and Ashleigh Perrie was stunning as the battered housewife, who’s death defying pirouettes were too terrifying to look away from. Jack May was both technically brilliant and comically wonderful, his hip hop style evident throughout.
I couldn’t find a single fault in this production if I tried. All together moving, funny, heartbreaking and joyful this performance is nothing short of a masterpiece. Well thought out, directed, choreographed, danced and acted, each performer took it upon themselves to make the show a true collaboration of Australian talent.
Collaboration The Project is committed to providing audiences with independent local theatre of a global quality. With Relations they once again achieved this goal. The eleventh production by the team, Relations is an example of the true beauty of this nations dance talent. I cannot recommend this performance highly enough. If you have loved, lost, hated or desired at any time of your life you will relate to Relations, and you will love it. Both confronting at times and heartbreakingly beautiful at others, you will leave this show speechless with admiration and respect for the entire cast and crew.
The Collaboration Project presents
by Paul Malek
Directed by Paul Malek
Venue: Theatreworks, 14 Acland Street StKilda
Dates: 11–19 November 2011