Left – Untapped. Photo – Nathaniel Mason
RAW Dance in association with QPAC have brought their newest offering to the Cremorne Theatre – Untapped, a high energy dance show full of fun-loving and ever smiling young dancers. Jumping and sliding around on stage with such ferocity and zeal it leaves little time for reflection on the last dance before the next rolls around.
In what is reminiscent of an outdoor concert style set-up, the cool blue and deep red lighting bounces off and creates a bold feel amongst the metal frames. Paired with the strobe and smoke duo this sets the tone for a contemporary dance show. The dancers slide in, one-by-one, donned in outfits that look fit for any festival. Casual but cool, these cats are heavy hitting on the tap from the get-go. The audience are screaming and chanting their names and the dancers beam back and smash through the audience/performer barrier by calling out their admirer's names (“Hi Mum!”). A very familiar feel amongst the crowd leads me to think that there are a lot of already established fans amongst the seats. Always a welcome feel for the first night jitters!
Untapped brings an interesting and entertaining mixture of dance in a funky and fun way, creating music wherever possible. I'd never seen a tap dance done with thongs, even still, flippers! Who knew music could be made with the slapping of a swimming shoe mustered up into a sort of Mexican wave of dance? When the dancers step off stage the beatboxer (Genesis) and Percussionist (Brendan Ramnath) jump right in and manage to steal some spotlight (and by the sounds of the audience, some hearts!). Genesis showcases his talents with nothing more than his mouth and a microphone. Breaking down the layers of music he created into three separate sounds and then building it back in front of the audience was something to see. Teaming up with drummer Brendan Ramnath also created a fun vibe with their tricky versions of 'air drumming'.
There was even the audience call to bring up and build-a-beatboxer on stage, this time in the form of a 12 year old girl! Comedy is definitely in play here with the dancers tapping as many bad one liners and they do toes and the crowd loved it.
Untapped is a light hearted, heavy beat and high energy hour which is easily enjoyable for the whole family. As Genesis breathed from his own lips, if you “like to move it, move it” I'm sure you'll get a kick out of Untapped.
QPAC and RAW Dance present
Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC | Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane QLD
Dates: 19 – 29 April 2017
Bookings: qpac.com.au | 136 246