PHOTOGRAPH: A LAMTA DANCE PRODUCTION. 14 short items choreographed by various choreographers. Directed by Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander. A short season at Theatre on the Bay.
SHEILA CHISHOLM reviews
Resilience is a blessing that comes naturally to the youth. Throughout this torrid Covid-19 period one can note how astutely young people find alternate ways to keep their own physical and mental flags flying…. without sinking into depression. Oh! I accept that’s a pretty hefty generalisation. But if you saw the energy and vitality that LAMTA’s dancers produced at Sunday’s matinee, it;s impossible not to agree with me.
Credit for inspiring and guiding LAMTA’s 26 students to keep going no matter what, must go to directors Anton Luitingh, Duane Alexander and their teaching staff. Who in turn draw their inspiration from Pieter Toerien’s unfailing guidance and support.
Fourteen items, choreographed by10 choreographers, related to the programme’s title – Photograph.
One item, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, choreographed by Ashley Searle and Vanessa Harris hit home how brave construction workers are. That they can sit nonchalantly atop a steel bar, hundreds of feet in the air, eating their lunch, is testimony to that courage. Yet no one recalls their names.
Duane Alexander based his Pillow Fight on an amusing 1964 photograph by Harry Benson catching The Beatles in a merry pillow fight. Alexander chose Ron Galella’s 1974 Windblown Jackie for Paparazzi, showcasing how photographer’s cameras haunt the lives of the famous. Michelle Reid’s choreography always brings humour. Her Bwana Devil, set to Aubrey Logan’s “Can’t Touch This”, took us back to the first 3D movie starring Robert Stack and Barbara Britton and those funny specs required to be worn.
Photograph opened with Robin van Wyk’s dramatic V-J Day piece and ended with Hope Maimane’s Madness in Genius. Set on an edited version of I Was A Fool To Believe, Maimane took his inspiration from the Einstein quote “that the difference between genius and insanity is genius has its limits.” Dressing his team in white shirts with black straps, his dancers expressed this difference well through bright movements followed by demoralised body language.
From a technical perspective students responded well to every change in arm, body shape, twist, turn demanded by choreographers. Pity the season is over. Photograph was worth seeing.