REVIEW – Phluxus2 Dance Collective – Angel-Monster

RATING: 4/5 

CONTEMPORARY dance meets circus, Angel-Monster by Australian led Phluxus2 Dance Collective is an empowering message for girls at this yr’s Edinburgh Fringe. 

Opening with viewers participation we’re launched to a variety of the performers in a heat and welcoming approach.

To distinction this, some manic and nearly disconcerting actions and phrases lead us right into a barely twisted and scary world of conflicting emotion. 

Angel-Monster makes for each a cushty and uncomfortable expertise concurrently. (C) FenLan Images and Sean Dowling

The dancers appear nearly puppet-like with jerky and sudden actions breaking out mid-conversation, together with strains like “inform her she’s stunning” and “everybody desires to be stunning”. 

That is adopted by a dancer dragging herself alongside the ground in entrance of the entrance row asking viewers members “what’s the very best factor about being a girl?”.

After which we get into the efficiency. 

The staccato marionette-like actions keep on all through the present which distinction vividly with the manic and expressive emotion proven on the dancers’ faces. 

Breaking out periodically into suits of gleeful laughter and eerily cheery smiles contributes additional to the uneasy distinction. 

The puppet motion breaks down ultimately turning into very effectively choreographed and flowing actions creating an gratifying {and professional} efficiency. 

The complete forged of 5 girls and their choreographer and director credited themselves excellently. 

With massively essential themes conveyed expertly all through, the present is a must-see for any and all at this yr’s Fringe. 

Although I, as a white man, can not actually perceive a number of the plights described by means of the present, the themes which can be completely conveyed all through the efficiency had been undoubtedly not misplaced on me.

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Themes of consent, management, violence and empowerment in a highly-pressured world particularly are made clear. 

A rollercoaster of emotion makes the viewers really feel uncomfortable and comfy on the identical time, making a distinction that befits the title of the present. 

Angel Monster did an excellent job of doing what it got down to do. 

Phluxus2 creative director Nerida Matthaei says: “I’ve at all times been drawn to create work that’s led by the wonder and dissonance of our shifting world.

I’ve additionally at all times been a fighter, as a younger woman to at this time, questioning and calling out on ideologies and stereotypes in pursuit of equality. 

“The creation of Angel-Monster got here naturally as I fought to know why, at this time, we’re nonetheless questioning equality.

“Why does my eight-year-old niece have to ask why there aren’t any pink vans, why will we ask what she was carrying, why are the statistics getting worse and never higher, why are selections about our personal our bodies policed by those that don’t personal them?

“The checklist goes on.” 

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