Presented as part of the Dance Massive Festival and showing at Arts House, Meat Market in North Melbourne, Conversation Piece is the epitome of hipster-cultural-must sees.
We entered the Meat Market’s hollowed and decked out warehouse setting, dim neon lights illuminating the stone walls. Attractive creative types lined up at the bar and shuffled to the indie tunes and murmurs of other people’s conversations. I felt as though I had walked into a Brooklyn Warehouse party on the set of HBO’s GIRLS.
Conversation Piece begins with an impromptu eight minute stream of dialogue between three performers. They are dressed in contemporary clothes, with iPhones in hand, almost mirror images of the audience sitting before them. Following the dialogue, it soon becomes clear that this conversation is being recorded not just by the audience’s memories, but by the phones flashing in the actors’ hands. This stream of conversation will be recycled, re-contextualised, broken and stretched throughout the performance each night.
Lucy Guerin, the Choreographer/Director for Conversation Piece chose to work with three actors and three dancers in order to ‘examine the unique modes of communication delivered by these very different performing art forms’. Also incorporating the use of the ‘ubiquitous iPhone, which both reduces and enlarges the world’.
Conversation Piece is light, entertaining and provokes thought about how despite living in a world that facilitate such easy connection, we still struggle to communicate.
Catch Conversation Piece as part of Dance Massive, at Arts House, Meat Market in North Melbourne.
Tue – Fri 8:30pm
Sat – 2pm & 8:30pm
Price: Full $25/ Concession $20
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