600 Seconds is a series of short works that can be of any genre; comedy, cabaret, dance, story-telling, improvisation… Anything goes, as long as it is 600 seconds.
It is run to give emerging artists the opportunity to try out new works in a supportive environment. The Blue Room Theatre offers artists professional development from experienced industry mentors to assist in creating the biggest impact with their allocated 10 minutes.
I was fortunate enough to have unknowingly booked tickets for the “Best of Week One” show. As it happens, the audience and stake holders get to vote on the various acts who performed throughout the week and the Saturday night show includes those artists.
Of the 8 acts who made it into the Week One showcase that I saw, 50% were contemporary dance. Reviewing dance is way out of my area of expertise because I don’t speak the language. I have often seen many of the movements they use, and I am sure that each movement has a meaning but I am left in the dark. When there’s no music, I find it even harder to interpret. Still, I appreciate the strength, flexibility and quite often the emotion they are able to convey.
My favourite act for the night was a foursome with a piece called It’s strange to remember a touch over a thought. Choreographed by Rikki Bremmer and performed by Bremmer, Russell Thorpe, Scott Elstermann and Ayesha Kats, it was really beautiful, especially the partner work.
Next week there will be a whole new set of artists performing and another “Best of” on the weekend.
The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights present
Venue: The Blue Room Theatre | Perth Cultural Centre, 53 James Street, Northbridge, WA
Dates: February 3 – 14, 2015