W is for (Into the) Water

Dance and physical theatre for children seems to be in short supply this summer, but Up and Over It have taken over the Grand Theatre at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall with a piece that is mesmerising and enchanting throughout. 

Although the production appears to lack any sense of narrative, two performers take over the space, first appearing with animal heads and later on throwing these aside. As dance and movement take charge, the scenery and projections are beautiful and enchanting to watch although as time passes this seems a little too repetitive the older audience members. As the rain falls and the two plunge themselves under water, the folk, trance soundtrack and lightbulb flashes make an intriguing backdrop for the movement.

Although this piece could do with dropping 10 minutes somewhere and losing someone of
the repetition throughout, it’s great to see a dance piece for families which isn’t your standard ballet, and the rhythms and clapping keep the energy of the piece at an appropriate level. An enchanting piece kept alive by the hypnotising soundtrack. 

Into the Water | theSpace @Surgeons Hall | 11:40


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