Thursday 16 August 2012 | By Stephanie Taylor
ED2012 Physical Review: Watch It! (Room 2 Manoeuvre)
Technically this show is striking, even innovative, which is ironically why when dancer Tony Mills competes with a TV for attention, we are drawn to the YouTube clips playing on-screen instead of his movement. Rather than providing a platform for exploring the control television has over us as individuals, ‘Watch It!’ is a literal demonstration of that fact: The large, heavy televisions Mills uses as set and props limit his choreography, which only becomes inspiring when he interacts with the technology at his disposal. The tone is difficult to gauge, as the piece begins darkly and seriously, yet seems to evolve and become more light-hearted. A gimmicky multimedia experience rather than a ‘dance’ show, but an interesting idea fairly well-executed.
Zoo Southside, 3-27 Aug (not 14, 21), 1.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Stephanie Taylor]