Friday, May 28, 2010

REVIEW: Asphalte by Pierre Rigal Compagnie derniere minute

It was like Marcel Marceau took up hip hop.


Asphalte, a Le French May event, was 15 minutes late... hmmm... to a half-full Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre on May 28. The one hour, no intermission performance managed to amazed me with great concepts, but at the same bored me with lingering repetitions.

Choreographed by Pierre Rigal with 5 hip-hop dancers, Asphalte presented a series of mime-like episodes portraying situations of humor, violence, tenderness and death. Gimmicks like the use of little light cubes, light goggles and a giant wall of light were effective for a short while but quickly became tacky.

The dancers were effective and performed with great skill and passion. The show received its most applause in the final episode when the giant wall of light was used as a strobe light. Between the intervals of light and blackout, dancers were shown floating on air by performing a series of gravity-defying jumps in rhythm with the strobe. It was absolutely stunning until they milked the effect to its death. In fact, at the time of this writing, my eyes were still hurting.

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