THE TRAPPED – WELCOME TO TOTALITY

April 27, 2010

THE TRAPPED – WELCOME TO TOTALITY

This article was originally written and ublished for tside.co.uk

http://www.tside.co.uk/2009/12/17/the-trapped-welcome-to-totality/

By SARKA PECHOVA

A wonderful dance performance the TrAPPED, choreographed by award-winning choreographer Maresa von Stockert, was performed in Arc, Stockton.

The performers offered a great show, which nailed the audience to their chairs. Combination of contemporary dance, acrobatics and spoken word together with period costume and scenes created a freezing and desperate atmosphere of the totalitarian regimes.

The storyline of the theatre piece begins at an unspecified time and space, but the atmosphere is such of a totalitarian regime, where even thoughts are controlled, reminscent of Orwell’s ‘1984′.

The main hero’ s brother is involved in a demonstration, but the one who is arrested is the silent and innocent “office rat” – the main hero.

He is interviewed about his brother, demonstrated by an amazing combination of acrobatics, speech and dance, when the audience held its breath and the fear of the hero was tangible.

He is then arrested and his wife tries to find him. In another outstanding scene, with a use of symbols, she does everything to get her husband back.

Also the girlfriend of  “the rebel” is questioned in a very original dance sequence. The demonstration later leads to the change of regimes – and the change of characters – from serving one regime, they instantly switch to servants of the new political regime, which is presented by the change of costumes.

It is uncommon for the story line of a dance piece to be clear – especially in contemporary dance.  The choreography of the TrAPPED allows the audience to follow the story, the use of requisites makes it easier and the dance richer.

The motion culture of the performers is outstanding, very cultivated and absolutely precise. This together with original choreography and stunning scene-setting results in a deep art experience.

http://www.tside.co.uk/2009/12/17/the-trapped-welcome-to-totality/

THE TRAPPED – WELCOME TO TOTALITY

By SARKA PECHOVAAdded 05.35pm, 17-December-09

A wonderful dance performance the TrAPPED, choreographed by award-winning choreographer Maresa von Stockert, was performed in Arc, Stockton.

The performers offered a great show, which nailed the audience to their chairs. Combination of contemporary dance, acrobatics and spoken word together with period costume and scenes created a freezing and desperate atmosphere of the totalitarian regimes.

The storyline of the theatre piece begins at an unspecified time and space, but the atmosphere is such of a totalitarian regime, where even thoughts are controlled, reminscent of Orwell’s ‘1984′.

The main hero’ s brother is involved in a demonstration, but the one who is arrested is the silent and innocent “office rat” – the main hero.

He is interviewed about his brother, demonstrated by an amazing combination of acrobatics, speech and dance, when the audience held its breath and the fear of the hero was tangible.

He is then arrested and his wife tries to find him. In another outstanding scene, with a use of symbols, she does everything to get her husband back.

Also the girlfriend of  “the rebel” is questioned in a very original dance sequence. The demonstration later leads to the change of regimes – and the change of characters – from serving one regime, they instantly switch to servants of the new political regime, which is presented by the change of costumes.

It is uncommon for the story line of a dance piece to be clear – especially in contemporary dance.  The choreography of the TrAPPED allows the audience to follow the story, the use of requisites makes it easier and the dance richer.

The motion culture of the performers is outstanding, very cultivated and absolutely precise. This together with original choreography and stunning scene-setting results in a deep art experience.

http://www.tside.co.uk/2009/12/17/the-trapped-welcome-to-totality/

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