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Anima

The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

February 5 – February 9
(Then touring)

Producer: Momentum
Dancers:  Yorgos Karamalegos & Elinor Randle
Running time: 1 hr

 

 

 

Image: Anima Promotional image

Unity Theatre Liverpool - official website


Visually stunning, artistically inspired and – at times – deeply disturbing, Momentum’s third step in their trilogy exploring life and consciousness, Anima, meaning “to breathe”, is a gold-plated treat for all who love physical theatre of the very highest standard.


Performing before a backstage littered with cardboard boxes, a garden swing and two chairs, Karamelogos carries the Mermaid attired Randle on stage through a fug of dry ice and so begins a journey of discovery emphasising the dynamics between the conscious and subconscious with fabulous, intricate choreography and an almost tangible desire and passion, through vivid characterisations and surreal interpretation.

Vergil Sharkya’s score punctuates each and every nuance and pose in the piece with either electric pulsating rhythm or calming strings to devastating effect, accentuated by the striking lighting which adds further adventure to a piece already crammed full with inventiveness.

Image: Anima stage shot of dancersBut it is the sheer energy both performers put into their routines that is astonishing. Their perfect timing, particularly in the opening section of the piece, lives long in the memory, as each character’s movement is mirrored faultlessly by the other at breakneck speed. Indeed, the whole show is one of great frenzy, counter-balanced by displays of controlled aggression, culminating finally into an outpouring of emotion and angst until equilibrium and serenity are found, as roles reverse then unify.

Mesmerising and enlightening, Momentum’s burgeoning reputation for producing all that is good in the world of dance is nothing if not exemplified still further with Anima and the spontaneous enthusiasm and appreciation demonstrated by the sell-out audience at its conclusion, surely bodes well for their future.

Chris High

Tour

LIVERPOOL
Unity Theatre
5th - 9th February - 8pm
Box Office: 0151 709 4988

SCARBOROUGH
University of Hull at Scarborough
13th February - 7.30pm
Box Office: 01723 357141

ORMSKIRK
The Rose Theatre
21st February - 7.30pm
Box Office: 01695 584 480

WORCESTER
King's School Worcester John Moore Theatre
22nd February - 7.30pm
Box Office: 01905 721 794

LONDON, HAMMERSMITH
Latymer Arts Centre
26th February - 8pm
Tickets: boxoffice@latymer

LONDON, HIGHGATE
Jackson's Lane Theatre
1st March - 8pm
Box Office: 020 8341 4421

HALIFAX
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts
2nd March - 7.30pm
Box Office: 01422 349 422

ROTHERHAM
Rotherham Arts Centre
5th March - 7.30pm
Box Office: 01709 823 640 / 01709 823 621
DORCHESTER
Dorchester Arts Centre
19th March - 8pm
Box Office: 01305 266926


Link: Unity Theatre Liverpool official website
www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk


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