Review by Amanda Lancaster.
Upon entering the piece, Her Crown, we are greeted with a setting of what appears to be little more than a stage piled high with mattresses, randomly strewn with bed sheets. It doesn’t take long however for these simple elements of the everyday to become beautifully flowing elements of an ever-‐changing dreamscape in the hands of the talented dancers.
Starting out with what seems like an almost nervous awkward look to its execution, one might be forgiven for thinking this was not on purpose, but as we continue to watch the dancers we see the movements of each become much more fluid, bold and self assured. The dancers each take on the different aspects of the emotional beauty and sadness found within our inner psyches – demonstrating physically the ways in which we all seek to understand, relate to and express each of these powerful and indeed, overpowering internal emotions.
How do we show hurt? How do we comfort and protect ourselves? How do we separate the harshness of reality from the false comforts of our inner imagination’s mental defences? This gives the piece a beautiful, almost childlike wonder in undertone and you can soon see the narrative’s physical metaphor being unwound before you as if a bedtime story were being read page by page. It allows us to follow the physically demonstrated examples.
A physical theatre experience using movement and dance to elegantly weave its tale, Her Crown takes the audience on a journey through both the strengths and sensitivities we all have trapped within ourselves.
When: 20th – 28th January 2017 | 7:45pm
Where: The Flaming Locomotive | State Theatre Centre WA | Fringe Central | PERTH
Tickets: $16 – $23.50
Info: Duration 45 minutes | WA Artist | Suitable 15+