Parade Theatre, April 13
Camaraderie and sharp, synchronised routines, hold this dance together.
Reviewed by JILL SYKES
FOUND is a terrific show, full of individual and collective talent which packs a huge amount of eye-
catching action into a solid hour of movement, music and bold visuals. It’s the kind of dance you
might see on TV – choreographer Stephen Tannos’ busy career includes So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Dance Boss – but more adventurous and inventive.
The cast of 11 has wide-ranging dance skills. Individually, they take the opportunity to show off
their particular party pieces, and these are often spectacular. Interestingly, the women are raunchy,
the men more introspective.
Most importantly, for this production is the first show by WE.ARE Dance Company, they
demonstrate their ability to work as an ensemble. The sense of camaraderie, as well as sharp, closely
synchronised routines, hold this program together.
Tannos declares a theme of looking for something – success, companionship, inner peace, belonging
– and asks what it means to be truly happy. This doesn’t come over clearly, but the ideas may have
been more relevant to the making of the piece than to the audience seeing it.
Costumes are simple in black and white with flashes of red – gloves, jackets, scarves – with the
women dressing up from bra tops and briefs, the men in variations of T-shirts and pants.
There is no set, yet the visuals are more exciting than most sets. The lighting by Jeremy Koch is a
dazzling display of stage roof decoration which embraces and projects the action with evolving
designs that reflect the black-white-red colour theme.
The music is a great mix of old and new, brought together by Mitchell Dellevergin, who powers it out
so that the theatre seats vibrate.
And the audience on Saturday night just loved it. Mostly young, many female and teenage, they
screamed their approval from start to finish. They became part of the show.
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