Art and Photography Editor Hanabi Blackmoor reviews the On The Rocks' dance show, Resilience.
The independent dance show, produced by Imogen Carruthers, named and themed‘Resilience’ provides an eclectic range of music and dance to be enjoyed by even newcomers of dance-watching and entertainment-appreciating. From Panic! At the Disco toHozier, from tap dancing to ballet to hip hop, I enjoyed every aspect of this wide rangingshowcase. It was held in the Barron Theatre, and thanks to the small setting felt quitecommunal as friends and family came to watch their loved ones perform.
My favourites included Democracy by Jessica Linde, which included a satisfying cyclicalchoreography (lying down with decadence), with each movement clearly thought out andcarefully executed. The surprising but intended fall at the climax of the song particularlyhit me hard, and successfully played to the audience’s emotions as it signified setbackand turbulence.
The tap dancing by Helen Yeadon was also incredibly impressive (this is also coming fromsomeone who had *attempted* to do tap dancing a few years ago). The choreography inboth High Hopes and Happy Tappy included an impressive single-legged multi-tap move,something that clearly required a lot of practice, muscular strength and balance.
Overall, Resilience and this independent dance show produced for the On The RocksFestival was exciting, fun and communal. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, and wouldlove to attend and am excited to hear next year’s theme.