Stephanie Lake’s DUAL is a choreographic puzzle that fuses jagged yet slippery pieces. Two solos are performed one after the other. Distinctly different worlds; contrasting, and seemingly unrelated. But in a third act, the two solos miraculously interlock, forming a complex duet that sees choreography, lighting and composition combine.
Featuring Helpmann Award winning dancers Alisdair Macindoe and Sara Black and a score by renowned audio-visual artist Robin Fox, DUAL is a choreographic puzzle that fuses jagged yet slippery pieces. Two solos are performed one after the other. They are seemingly unrelated worlds- contrasting and idiosyncratic. Each solo has a strange sense of absence but also holds it’s own abstract logic. But in a third act the two solos interlock forming a duet that sees all elements – their musical scores, their atmospheres – combine.
The solos merge and new meanings emerge. A chemical reaction occurs and we find ourselves in a new psychological space revealing that what appeared separate does, in fact, belong together.
In this fugue-like tale of synthesis, DUAL asks questions about individuality and what is sacrificed as well as heightened by a union.
DUAL is a physical manifestation of the idea that something is “greater than the sum of its parts” demonstrating that 1 + 1 doesn’t necessarily equal 2.
“…evanescent while articulately shaped, adding greatly to Dual’s pervasive sense of lone vulnerability and fragile, raw mutuality. This collaboration between Stephanie Lake and Robin Fox has yielded a memorable, visceral work, at once strange and familiar and brilliantly performed.” – Keith Gallasch, Real Time (2013)
“Each solo is hypnotic… Macindoe’s is mechanical, lyrical and almost offensively accomplished; Black’s conveys a casual power, even anger, that alternates with liquidity and is equally depressing to mere mortals in its magnificent execution… The piece’s most beautiful lasting message is inherent in its structure: that in many ways, a relationship is made out of two individuals doing together what they might otherwise have done alone, and that many human actions only make sense in the presence of another… it’s hard to imagine a more evocative, powerful, intricate and endlessly fascinating result.” – ArtsHub (2013)
“…a chaotic mating ritual. Their bodies as one were seamless.” – Entertainment.ie, Dublin (2013)
“A thrilling, visceral dance, which may trouble your dream state for a while. The duo act like puppet masters, mirroring and animating each other… There is a brutality here, and the sense that were you to reach into the guts of either dancer, tangled wires and circuit boards would spill out. Yet Black clings tenderly to Macindoe, as though they are the first (or last) people in a desolate planet, dependent on each other. The whole effect is hypnotic and disconcerting, and it is almost impossible not to shift uncomfortably or even jump in your seat.” – Exeunt Magazine, Glasgow (2014)