Alongside being a dance writer, I’m also a student which inevitably means that whatever spare money I do have usually gets spent on large quantities of basics pasta and baked beans and sadly, not on seeing dance shows. So obviously whenever I get the chance to see new dance for free and even better than that to see new dance LIVE, I leap at the opportunity.
On Saturday 27th of April, The Place broadcast a live stream of the Place Prize 2013 to a great reception of online audiences. It was an ambitious move to stream four short pieces, alongside interviews with dance professionals and audience members, introductory and closing speeches, keeping up with the swift changes between performances, and trying to keep the feed live and up to date when the audience and overall winners were announce. All this was achieved, without missing out on the essence, nuances and detail of the choreographies and this broadcast was received warmly by a swarm of twitter critics, perhaps the most critical viewers of all. Praise ranged from the timing of the stream to the quality and even to the appreciation of essentially being able to attend a night at the theatre in pyjamas. Live streaming isn’t easy, as was demonstrated with the sound and visual troubles with the start of What’s Next conference on Monday so credit really should be laid down where credit is due.
Of course singing high praises about the live stream could go on for much longer, but it’s probably time to go on to the stars of the night, the choreographies. The four works included Rick Nodine’s Dead Gig, Eva Recacha’s The Wishing Well, Audience vote winners h2 Dance with Duet and the overall winner of the night Riccardo Buscarini’s Athletes. Four bold works, they travelled between reminiscence and futurism, silence and speech, tension and humour, each in their own way.
I’m gonna do this “review” a little differently. Firstly a short description from the programme of the works, followed by a print screen of an instant tweet on the night, followed by a 140 character reflection. Why? Partly because my blog has no set structure, partly because this is the age of social media and partly because I simply can. Being my own editor is great…
Rick Nodine’s Dead Gig: I wanted to touch the naive beginnings of my dancing and the passion of being a teenage fan.
See also: Armitage, Drastic Classicism. Music culture can work, but the retro wasn’t quite right. Loved the psychedelic lights
Riccardo Buscarini’s Athletes: I wanted to create a dark piece using brightness, to build an engine using bodies, to show hate using love.
Enticing pace, starkly futuristic, complex sequences. Movement intricacies accentuated by Brooke Roberts stunning costumes
Eva Recacha’s The Wishing Well: I was interested in the idea of wishing as a motor for life, how our wishes materialise and what they become over time.
The whimsy and worth of childhood wishes encaspsulated through well executed choreography and voice. Reminiscence just right
H2 Dance’s Duet: In duet, we bring to the surface truths and lies about our professional partnership and life as a twosome.
Punchy, slick with a whole lot of laughs,the dramturg’s touch was clear. Witty clearly won over a buzzing audience
The Place’s stream was a triumph of accessibility and art, merging live broadcast, live dance and live beings; beings with a love of dance coming together to appreciate and support new artists. Theatre or Twittersphere, it was a treasure of an evening.
(always nice to see dance trending alongside talent shows…and cheese)
**The whole evening as we saw it on the live stream is available here via The Place’s Youtube channel**