Theatre / “Avenue Q”. At The Q, Queanbeyan, until May 13. Reviewed by IAN McLEAN
NEVER LET IT said that Canberra artists are parochial.
Proof to the contrary will be apparent this week at State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in Perth, with the premiere of “Dark Matter”, a new work by PRAXIS, a multidisciplinary collective established in 2013 by Canberra artist Alex Boynes with his WAAPA-trained sister, the dancer-choreographer Laura Boynes and Tristen Parr, cellist and composer.
Alexander Boynes describes “Dark Matter” as “a visceral collision of movement, cutting-edge digital projection, a pulsating live score and one metric tonne of rice.”
A multisensory exploration of human existence, displacement, environment and belonging, he says, it will bring together five of WA’s leading dance artists.
The show is quite literally performed in a sea of rice that shifts and changes around the dances, creating “an environment in a constant state of flux”. It is backed by Alex’s own video installation.
The performers are Imanuel Dado, Harrison Elliot, Storm Helmore, Isabella Stone and Ella-Rose Trew, with projection-mapping by Roly Skender, lighting design by Chris Donnelly and costume design by Imogene Spencer. The show is produced by Performing Lines WA.
“Dark Matter”, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth, September 15 to 18. If you’re there, bookings to ticketek.com.au