Two dance companies merged to bring choreographed chaos in Rewards for the Tribe. The opening night in Adelaide saw a packed audience delight in the combined talents of Chunky Move and Restless Dance Theatre’s contemporary performance. After premiering in the UK and a sold-out run in Melbourne, the troupe kicked off their string of shows at Norwood’s Odeon Theatre on Wednesday, October 26.
As if emerging from a deep slumber the dancers stirred with grunts and snores emanating into a black microphoned cylinder. With simple black costumes, occasionally adorned with a furry black coat or a blue onesie, the dancers playfully explored the various geometric shapes that seemingly fell from the sky via pulleys.
Zigzags, tubes, rock-like and rectangular objects of various shapes and sizes intertwined with the dancers as the instrumental sounds designed by Aviva Endean guided their movements.
Two dancers leaped, kicked, and collided in unison around a cubic structure. Minimal but effective lighting by Jenny Hector showed a spotlight chase the performers around the stage casing them within the cube at one point.
A highlight was one dancer summoning the cube to spin with imaginary telekinesis, the cube moving to and fro along with the movements of the dancer’s hands, arms, and body.
It was a brilliant expression of the human form, life and all its imperfections. There were moments of curiosity, silliness and glee throughout the hour-long performance. An engaging and unique piece of modern dance that has been years in the making.
Rewards for the Tribe is showing until October 29. Get your tickets here.