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Escape - Aerial Dance Performance at the Blue Elephant Theatre

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 4th Aug 2016 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin

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LCP Dance Theatre presents its new production at the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell before taking it to Edinburgh. Fusing aerial performance and dance theatre, the show means to explore the social, political and psychological challenges a refugee faces when trying to live in a new society. Multimedia projections by Eran Tsafrir and an original musical score by Italian composer Steffano Guzetti add to the story-telling and atmosphere of the show.

In the beginning, a plastic curtain is drawn close with one the dancers lying behind it. As she raises her legs, film clips of running water are projected onto a big screen and it seems like the dancer puts her legs into the water. The screen dominates the back wall and a swing is located in front of it. After the curtains are drawn back by the two dancers, one of them begins exploring the swing, testing the fabric, playing with it, using it as a cocoon or a rope, performing stunning acrobatic feats on it. 

As one dancer is exploring the swing, the second dancer moves across the floor of the stage, crawling and stretching to explore the space, finally culminating in a headstand. The lighting changes the colour of the swing from purple to red and the swing is being shaped into a pulsating human heart with rhythmic drumming adding to the impression - a very strong image that stays with you.

As the story progresses, the two dancers (Joanna Puchala and JC Bailey) begin to interact with each other, first pushing and shoving, then offering support and warmth. Choreographed by Joanna Puchala, the dancers express the isolation and alienation of the stranger in a strange environment as well as the need for a feeling of security and human companionship of both characters.

The show concludes with eye witness reports of refugees who have crossed the Mediterranean, risking their lives to escape the horror of their homelands. Yet these reports are not really necessary because the message of the show already very clear and strong.

A compelling dance performance dealing with highly relevant issues.

 By Carolin Kopplin 

Until 6th August 2016

Running time: 50 minutes without an interval

Blue Elephant Theatre

Box office: 020 7701 0100


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 1 year ago
    Thanks, Carolin. This sounds spectacular and original.
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