A showcase of two refreshing and exciting pieces of work that come together to wake up the body and the spirit.
The first performance, “HOW I PRACTICE MY RELIGION” by Ryuichi Fujimura, has such a fun and inviting quality that really gets the night off to a great start. Fujimura is charismatic and dances with love and feeling. His magnetic performance shares with us the mixture of sacredness and whimsy that is his dance practice. It’s a purely joyful experience to watch as he reacts to his impulses and dances in a free form and liberated style. He indulges the inner child that lives inside him and masterfully represents all of the outlandish prompts he gives himself such as “seeing everything” or “seeing nothing”. He dances without holding back and is consistently playful.
Second to perform was Lucky Lartey, with a heavier and more challenging piece of work called ”FULL CIRCLE” that explored the history of hip-hop in Africa. This piece employed the presence of objects in space in a way that was rather stimulating and textured. The most striking thing about it was Lartey’s relationship with the ground beneath him. It seemed as if he was dancing with it as a partner, responding to its solidness and supportiveness as he threw himself in all different ways towards the floor. Slung over his shoulder was a brown bag and as he moved its contents rattled about, bringing a new kind of sound into the performance that was curiously raw and captivating. Throughout I was taken on a journey of losing and finding, as movements, objects and motifs appeared and reappeared to bring this story of travelling music to a full circle.
Passing It On is the kind of work that is most enjoyable when you stop trying to understand and rather let the content wash over you. With our lives being so driven by text and syntax, it is so exciting to catch a new experimental dance work like this that asks us to bear witness to what words cannot express, and speaks to our senses and intuition before it does our logical mind.
Passing It On is running until the 8th of June at Riverside Theatre:
Featuring: Lucky Lartey and