Review: Cultural Isolation – Adelaide Fringe 2013

Cultural Isolation Fiona Gardner Adelaide Fringe 2013Presented by finsART
Reviewed Tuesday 29th January 2013

Choreographer/dancer, Fiona Gardner, choreographer/dancer, Nicole Griffith, emerging dancer, Matthew Shilcock, dance student, Theodore Cassady, and dancer, Hannah Timbrell, combine their talents, experience, and knowledge to explore the various forms of isolation that occur within our 21st Century society. This remarkable and captivating work has been created by Gardner, in collaboration with the four other artists, and distils the fears, sadness, awkwardness, and desperation felt by so many, faced with a rapidly changing society that seems to be alienating people, and erecting both physical and emotional barriers to any real personal communication.

There is an enormous amount of variety in this work, with each dancer bringing their own style and experiences to the production, and sections ranging from solos through to full ensemble. The production is sure to keep audiences entertained and engaged, as well as challenged to reconsider how we have changed our world and to ask whether it has been to the detriment of humanity. The various segments draw on both jazz ballet and contemporary dance, and the episodes range from comic situations to poignant pleas from those who find themselves isolated, unable to communicate, and have difficulty in discovering a way to fit in.

There is also a clever and innovative aspect to this work that, ironically, draws on a technology that, in itself, can be socially isolating. Through the use of ‘silent disco’ style headphones , the audience hears the internal dialogue of the performers during each section of the production, as their characters react to the external influences and the physical environment.

This is an example of what a good Fringe show is all about, but it is one of those little gems that can easily be overlooked amidst the huge number of shows on offer. Like most Fringe shows, there are only a few performances, so do hurry to get tickets.

Reviewed by Barry Lenny, Arts Editor, Glam Adelaide.

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Venue: North Terrace precinct, meet at corner North Terrace and East Terrace, Adelaide, at the Cultural Isolation sign.
Season: 7:30pm Saturday 9th (preview) and 13th to 16th February 2013
Duration: 90mins
Tickets: Adults $28/children and Fringe Benefits $23/ Bank SA Support Act Tickets $10
Bookings: Fringetix Box Office in Rundle Mall or 1300 621 255

Note: this review was of a preview performance. With over 930 Fringe shows this year, and being unable to fit a performance of this piece into my schedule, I was fortunate in being permitted to see a preview of this powerful, exciting, and innovative new work. This performance took place at the Ausdance Studio, but the performances during the Fringe will occur at various locations within the North Terrace precinct in a promenade style.

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