REVIEW: Charge – Contemporary Dance Meets Acrobatics

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An outstanding creative effort put on by Motionhouse. I loved every minute of the performance.

Company: Motionhouse
Production: Charge
Venue: Buxton Opera House
Date: 16/03/2018
5/5 Stars

The Concept: Motionhouse has put together a visual spectacle that intertwines contemporary dance, acrobatics and visual marvels underpinned by the theme of electricity in the body. Motionhouse has set the beauty of contemporary dance and acrobatics against a plain background that projected a multitude of images on it – everything from images of glowing electricity to old black and whites photos to a beating heart. The company used a few visual tricks and slight of hand to add a little magic to the show that was highly effective.

The Successes: Absolutely everything! The Buxton Opera House has an absolute bevvy of delicious productions to see these days and it is a refreshing change. Charge is one such production that inspires the mind and creativity. Slightly hard to put down in a sound bite, I would highly, highly recommend going and seeing this enchanting visual spectacle. Full of magic and brilliantly performed dance and acrobatics, the audience cheered on their hard work and efforts at the end of the show. The audience all gave an enthusiastic round of applause infused with respect for the talented cast of dancers who worked as a single unit to create a beautiful event before us.

An outstanding creative effort put on by Motionhouse. I loved every minute of the performance.

The Setbacks: Really not much to quibble about but particularly the hanging rope mechanism that was used at the start of the show, and throughout periodically, seemed particularly clunky and difficult for the performers to seamlessly get from one position into another.

That aside, the contemporary dance was outstanding but simply not enough of it. I would have preferred less of the acrobatics and more of the contemporary dance which seemed so remarkably on point.

Truly, the greatest setback to this show is that the shire doesn’t get enough of productions like this. The audience seemed robust enough and lots of local dance groups were there to watch the professionals at work. It’s so delightful to see such intelligent, contemporary, unique and visceral work like Charge, it is a shame we get such a rare glimpse of it in the shire.

Final Thoughts: This show is about halfway through it’s run. You may have missed it at the shire, but may I recommend you going out of your way to see this at any one of the other venues it will be playing at. Details here: www.motionhouse.co.uk

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