leaning tower of penchant

The Auckland Performing Arts Centre: TAPAC, Auckland

04/10/2007 - 06/10/2007

Tempo Dance Festival 2007

Production Details

Directed by Rosey Feltham

Lighting designer, Ambrose
Soundscore, Eden Mulholland

Back Lit Productions

Penchant is a Tower of Indulgence & Desire.

The inhabitants of Penchant are lost in a world of obsession, acquiring everything they wish to own. Will the tower continue to hold fast or will it topple under the strain?

Witness the weaving of illusion & intrigue in this extraordinary evening of dance.

When: Thu 4 / Fri 5 / Sat 6 Oct
Where: TAPAC
Time: Thu 10pm / Fri 8pm / Sat 10pm
Duration: 60 Mins
Tickets: $25 Adult / $22 DANZ Members
& Groups 8+ / $18 Concession
Ticketing: Ticketek / Ph: 0800 842 538 / www.ticketek.co.nz    

Janine Parkes
Georgie Goater
Annabel Harrison
Colette Arnold
Shannon Mutu
Lucy Miles

Dance , Multi-discipline ,

Innovative confidence

Review by 07th Oct 2007

BackLit presents an evening of desire and indulgence. It is; its like that. BackLit is a group of extraordinary dancers – not yet, but they will be if they keep working this way. It is so good to see dancers who have been working together for a while – we used to call this phenomenon a dance company!

This time the small theatre of TAPAC, tempo’s homebase is cut with craft, the dancers intersect the proscenium arch, with their bodies and with the light (designer, Ambrose). The music soundscore (Eden Mulholland) grumbles and turfs us into the nexus of their choreographic imaginations.

Each dancer from within the realms of their vocabularies and characters serve up a show from the spectrum of contemporary dance forays.

Janine Parkes is a particularly sexy and morphous dancer; Georgie Goater’s subtle technical strengths are becoming enduringly watchable, Annabel Harrison is exploring a more fey and delicate role balanced as though forever on the cultural epitome of teacups. Colette Arnold intense and sinuous, Mandy in the mirror, stronger now in her very owned dancer body.

Shannon Mutu’s forte is strength and vigourous jumps; her character remains elusive, caught up in the needs of this production. And Lucy Miles, sensitive and differently lost, is like a tiny Cinderella searching for her shoe.

Rosey Feltham’s astute direction and taste is evident at all times.

The BackLit dancers move easily though technology and theatre. As a multimedia production, Leaning Tower of Penchant shows  the emerging sample impact of innovative confidence on Auckland’s theatre world. This is a very good production and their best is yet to come. Keep watching their manipulation of space.


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