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LUCID to open at Chunky Move

05 May 2016

LUCID to open at Chunky Move Image

By Nicholas Li

L U C I D, a dance performance by Dutch choreographer Anouk van Dijk, is set to open at Chunky Move running from May 26 until June 12.

L U C I D follows the experience of two performers as they break free from the shackles of today’s social world and embrace their desires. The performance also incorporates multiple cameras and a screen.

Ms Van Dijk said L U C I D would play on the audience’s senses.

“L U C I D is highly energetic, charged with mood swings and extreme visuals in an amazing set by Ben Cobham,” she said. “Two eclectic performers, Lauren Langlois and Steve Phillips, are shape shifting in and out of other people’s skins, digging into their physical makeup from wood chopping to ballet, movie stars and rock icons, often with hilarious results.”

“Heightened and magnified  by a multiple camera system, you can follow every move they make, literally up close and personal as they reveal and surprise,” she said.

The performance focuses on the dynamics of contemporary human interaction. Ms Van Dijk said socialisation was an interesting topic for dance.

“Interaction is innate in humans and, as such, we are heavily reliant on others. We live and operate in herds, love company and – especially in today’s technologically plugged in and connected society – are in endless conversations with one another,” she said.

“It is an intricate web which we have spun, and easy to get lost in. Yet such interactions provide us with endless inspiration, creativity and amusement, offering an exciting and changeable terrain to explore.”

The themes of the play are explored in the movements of the performers. Ms Van Dijk said dance was the ideal medium for conveying such ideas.

“The body is an encyclopedia of impressions that are gathered and projected daily. As such, we embody plethoric ways of being that are revealed in our movements, gestures and motions. Our bodies store and expose a myriad of internal thoughts, opinions, fears and desires, revealing who we are, who we aspire to be or what we are trying to hide. This rich inner world is great terrain to be explored in movement,” she said.

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