FREE RANGE 1 (social)
The CCAS performance program took a great leap forward last night. Coordinated by Alex Boynes, Close Range placed a sharp focus on intersection of dance, movement, sound, visual arts and physical space. Following a day of “dance video” in the gallery the evening began with a challenging and highly entertaining performance in which Kate Vasallo set the scene by introducing the gallery – floor, walls, lighting, doors – as a complete space for activity and artistic occupation. Moving amongst the crowd Kate effectively used humor to decisively remove the barrier between audience and performer. Meanwhile/simultaneously James and Emma Batchelor (Amber McCartney + Chloe Chignell) employed the trappings of theatre (sets and costumes) for a tableau with minimal movement that paradoxically deconstructed the notion theatricality in relation to the spectacular video in wonderland that they have been working on as part of a Jump mentorship. Adelina Larsen with Reuben Ingall focused attention on the minutiae of movement with a lyrical work based on an exquisite blend of silhouette and sound. Then Laura Boynes and Tristan Parr cleaned up with a beautifully timed performance of sweeping contextual relevance that seemed to evoke everything from Madonna to Fritz Lang and Stravinsky. It was all about control, a masterpiece of personalized choreography by instruction, played to a resonating electric cello and highly harmonized imagery. A large audience came to Close Range with high expectations and left with much, much more.