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On. Pulse. – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creator: Lucia Kickham
Choreographer: Lucia Kickham in collaboration with the performers
Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy

“How do we measure and store time in our bodies? What happens if these processes become fragmented?”

tell-us-block_editedThese are the questions that Lucia Kickham interrogates in this piece of dance theatre. On. Pulse. is a triple bill of new dance work, which works with the theme of time, embodying time, and the idea of temporality.

Pulse, the prologue, is performed by musical conductor Robbie Blake, who presents a simple introduction to the concept of time and how it will be utilised throughout this performance. Blake, dressed in black, performs a series of intricate hand movements on the dark stage. The piece plays with light, sound and time.

To Get To The Other Side, performed by Blake and Kickham, creates a map of movement, time, and the embodiment of physiological changes to map its movement. Blake utilises a metronome and the pulse of Kickham to create a relationship between temporality, movement and physicality which manifests itself in an intricate ebbing of time and movement.

Oscillate, the final piece, performed by Kickham and Marion Cronin, is the star of the trio. Both Cronin and Kickham build on the atmospheres of sound, movement, and temporality and engage moments of physical movement and accumulation with the simple scenography of a pendulum. The movements of both performers echo the pendulum swing, working through moments of quick movement, and moments of rest. This contrast, as well as the sound design by Jack Cawley, brings this trio of dance theatre together and grounds the theme.

This trio of new work is as engaging to dance enthusiasts and philistines alike; in fact, for those less versed in dance, this show is a great introduction.

On Pulse is an accessible and well-formed piece of dance theatre. We look forward to seeing what Kickham has to offer audiences in the future.

Reviewed on 7 April 2017 | Image: Contributed

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