Every now and then a piece of art grabs your attention and you become fixated at it’s beauty! Last night, in a packed Playhouse Theatre at QPAC in downtown Brisbane, Expressions Dance Company, led by talented Artistic Director Natalie Weir, uncovered her signature piece ‘where the heart is’.
This 1 hour story revolved around the interplay of characters within a typical Australian family. The piece highlights the ‘highs and lows’ experienced in daily family life and the bonds we make as humans and family members. We watched the ‘young man’, played by “David Williams” enter the stage to uncover the memories of his past family life. As he peels away the layers of his old family home distant memories come to life. His brother, played by “Jack Zeising” worked effortlessly and in sync with David. For that brief moment on stage they felt like real brothers.
Their on-stage parents were played by “Daryl Brandwood” and “Riannon McLean“. Daryl and Riannon’s portrayal of struggling parents stirred emotions in me that felt very real. The radiant “Elise May” played the Grandma and her zest for life was highlighted by her frail, yet emotive performance on stage. Young “Samantha Mitchell” played the love interest for the ‘young man’. For me, she brought happiness to the life of the ‘young man’.
The staging, lighting and music score set the tone for a truly memorable evening. I must congratulate singer “Pearly Black“. Her vocal performance added emotion to the performance. She was accompanied on stage with talented violinist “Christa Powell” and pianist “Marc Hammond“. The use of live music combined with a powerful vocal range was a highlight for me.
How do I sum up such a performance ..
There is no doubt in my mind that Natalie Weir, the EDC dancers and production team have brought something ‘fresh‘ to the stage. I was immersed in the storyline, embraced by the vocals and moved by the beautiful dancers. For that brief hour I felt part of their family unit. In my mind, the production was more than successful, it was memorable!
I’d like to thank the team at EDC for inviting Dancehub Magazine to review this production. Good luck for the forthcoming season.
Reviewer: Philip Reece
Review Date: 11/8/2012