Review: Army Of Me & Wonders Of The Universe @ Chapter
Inside the stifling hot theatre at Chapter Arts Centre on an idle Sunday afternoon, a select audience were witness to two works of stimulating dance.
Army Of Me, choreographed and danced by Joanna Young, it was a mere twenty-minutes of intimate excursion for one. As we went to our seats she was already there in a transfixed pose, like this for some time. Yet when it began, in that time she hurtled around and delicately positioned herself into particular poses. Shaking her hands franticly and then nodding as if in disapproval. Watching her, you realise how easy yet inspiring it is to do dance today. If I ever did some more dance work, I would certainly consider work like this, perhaps even shorter in length and a handpicked soundtrack.
Inspired by the TV show of the same name, Wonders Of The Universe was as funny a piece of dance could be. Choreographed by Karol Cysewski, he along with Gwyn Emberton and Drew Hawkins, undoubtedly had a ripping good time at doing this. It was very boyish humour. The words of Professor Brian Cox from the programme were the stepping-stones into making their movement reality. It was the Monty Python of the dance world and it worked a treat. In the post-show discussion, Cysewski admitted the piece is only in beta form and still needs tweaking. This work could easily go to an hour and a second half being of Life On Earth taking up another half as was agreed by the team.
I would be more than happy to see both works again, whether improved or left as it were.
Army Of One: 7/10
Wonders Of The Universe: 6/10
Overall Rating: 6/10