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ABSOLUT Fringe 2011

Nutshell review: A Lost Opera

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THE ABSOLUT FRINGE 2011 has had over 100 shows playing out across Dublin over the past 16 days. Each day, has brought you our readers’ reviews of the pick of the crop and everything in between.

Today is the last full day of shows and here is our final readers’ review of…

A Lost Opera (at the Project Arts Centre tonight, 7.30pm)

Mary Mac Namara’s review: Opening in semi darkness and silence, a lone figure seems bewildered by the space in which she finds herself and begins to tentatively explore it, accompanied only by the flickering stage lights and her looming shadow. She is gradually joined by a second, and then a third figure. There is a sense that each of these women has a story to tell, are engaged in some intense, private drama, but they never quite embody it in full blown movement, which often collapses inward or peters out and their vocalising is confined to murmurs and whispers, humming and half notes.

At times the dancers movements reflects each others, but each is imbued with her own distinct emotional quality, and they never fully interact. The audience is waiting for the dance or song that doesn’t quite happen as they also wait for the dancers to reappear when they occasionally exit the  stage leaving it empty and silent.

At times it reminded me of Beckett in its sense of individuals trapped in their own story, never quite communicating, and destined to return to the same space to repeat their drama with minor variations.

Choreographed for Genesis collective by renowned dance artist Deborah Hay, and directed by Jason Byrne, this piece will appeal particularly to lovers of avant garde and minimalist dance and theatre.

In three words? Innovative. Poignant. Minimalist.

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