Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: 'Fast Portraits' in Project Arts Centre

Fast Portraits is a contemporary dance performance by dance company Rex Levitates and choreographer Liz Roche. Today is the show's final day in Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar - there's a 3 pm matinee and an evening showing at 8 pm.

I have to admit that my knowledge of contemporary dance is quite limited, so I'm not going to attempt any sort of in-depth critical analysis. Here's an extract from the press release:
Fast Portraits...a singular moment captured from diverse dancing perspectives.

Inspired by the realistic observations of the true human condition by artists Bill Viola and Caravaggio, Rex Levitates explore the layers of emotion and memory that infuse captured images and transfer them into movement. The unleashing of the inherent, hidden human intensity creates complicated, life-affirming and sometimes surreal dialogues between the performers connecting them in ways previously unimagined.

This latest evening of work from the award-winning choreographer Liz Roche features two new pieces Fast Portraits and These Two People with specially commissioned scores from Denis Roche and Joel Mellin respectively. It also features a short film piece, Solo Portrait directed by Project Arts Centre Artistic Director, Willie White.

Personally, I enjoyed the show. The synchronised movements, clever use of repetition, and variety of scenes combine to produce an aesthetically satisfying performance. The musical score is good, and well suited to the rhythm of the dance pieces. The costuming - particularly for the first half of the performance - is also effective.

You don't need to be familiar with dance to appreciate the quality of Rex Levitates' performance.

Tickets cost €18/€14. The performance runs for 60 minutes without an interval.

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