Darkness encases the stage as mechanical beats fill the air. The audience is kept in suspense, breath baited, anticipating the glorious reveal of contemporary dance company Chunky Move's latest work of art. Playing it for every second it's worth, choreographer Antony Hamilton keeps the audience on the edge of their seats until finally breaking through the night and into the dawn of new day.
Greeted by a post-apocalyptic scene of rubble crafted from soft rubber, the dancers reveal themselves, chanting and behaving in a manner reminiscent of prehistoric man. Keep Everything, cobbled together from pieces of other works is a ramshackle performance that crosses the stage in odd displays of emotion, robotism and unintentionally weaves a story from the beginning of time to modern man.
Performed by the incredible trio of Benjamin Hancock, Lauren Langlois and Alisdair Macindoe, each cast member brings a unique and utterly stunning layer to Hamilton's choreography. Enhanced through speech and at times song, Hamilton's story is both moving and humorous at the same time.
A great deal of joy is embedded into Keep Everything. In a mish-mash series of conflicting events and movements, Hamilton has created a story within a story and revealed the fragility of human nature and our desperate need to connect and be remembered.
Chunky Move presents
Director and choreographer Antony Hamilton
Venue: Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt Street, Melbourne
Dates: 14 – 23 June 2012