Australian Premiere of Split Flow & Holistic Strata
It’s not very often you go to the Theatre on a Tuesday evening, so I was excited and intrigued to head off to the Dunstan Play House as part of the Oz Asia Festival for the Australian Premiere of Split Flow & Holistic Strata. This would be the first time seeing live work by world renowned choreographer and dancer Hiroaki Umeda.
Umeda is one of the leading figures in Japan’s avant-garde art scene. So I knew I would be experiencing something special. His two remarkable performances, Split Flow & Holistic Strata, are outstanding pieces of work. No wonder these pieces have wowed theatre and festival audiences the world round. This was cutting edge stuff that pushes the limit and boundaries between the physical dancer, light and sound.
This work is not for everyone, but I guarantee you won’t help but feel immersed in the incredible sights, movement and sound. All integrated seamlessly with the cutting edge multimedia production.
Holistic Strata is more of a visual piece than a dance piece moving between the pixilation of light and dark, it was intense, almost morbid like, but I loved every minute of it. Whilst Split Flow is all about the dance, and the movement of the body. Pieced together with the effects of lighting, it creates a dream like effect. The way Umeda moves is breathtaking, the whole experience is surreal.
If you are looking to be wowed, and are after something a little outside the box, then this is a must see! Hiroaki Umeda performs Split Flow & Holistic Strata at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, on Tue 27 Sep until Wed 28 Sept.
Book at Bass on 131 246 and bass.net.au or ozasia.com.au