Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice Of Roaring (Hsu Chen Wei Production Dance Company)
By Lucrezia Pollice | Published on Friday 26 August 2016
Two seemingly dead, screaming bodies resembling spirits dance to the instructions of a wild woman. Inspired by Taiwanese rituals, young choreographer Hsu Chen Wei has created some interesting dances, conducted with masterful technique, which are mildly hypnotic: the repetition of floaty movements and the sole red pool of light have a transfixing effect. The performance, although not scary, resonates with certain kinds of horror: discomfiting images run into one another without intervening lightness, but it also creates a bizarrely relaxing, meditative spell. There is a problematic lack of purpose to this piece that left me confused, but it’s nonetheless an interesting and spooky, dark and trance-like experience.
The Zoo, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 ⎪[Lucrezia Pollice]