Duality

**

Duality is billed as an abstract representation of how technology shapes our lives. This may be so, but I don’t think I have seen a Dance and Physical Theatre show so lacking in live action.

The opening routine by a lone male dancer is an interesting start. He is then joined by four female dancers. It is obvious to me that only one of the four has a strong talent in her fluidity of movement.

The show is in two parts. After part 1, that is it as far as the live action is concerned. Part 2 largely consists of a naff 3D film of dancers performing in a studio. Most of us by now have witnessed in the cinema how this technology has moved forward in recent years. Why are we watching such a poor version of this when we have a large stage not being utilised? Nor was the dancing on the screen little more than a fast cut mishmash. True, the live dancers do reappear to pose before some 2D visuals right at the end.

Maybe, I missed the whole point of this underwhelming production, but from the tepid applause at the end, I was not the only one who was underwhelmed.

Reviewed by Ben

Zoo Southside: 82

21 to 27 August 2012

18.40 – 19.30

Fringe Programme Page Number: 179

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