LIPA 2nd Year Dance Students
15th February 2006
Absolute Dance was a programme of ten dances performed and choreographed
by 2nd year dance students from the Liverpool Institute of Performing
Arts. Each dance differed in theme and direction, ranging from the exploration
of isolation to the antics of several characters in a wig shop.
Highlights of the show included ‘Rain is Jesus’ Wee Wee’
- which was based on ‘Great Lies to Tell Small Kids’ and explored
the consequences of spontaneous and mischievous lies. The dancers - dressed
in pink with hair in bunches - bounced around the stage teasing and playing
with one another. It succeeded in its aim to examine our increasingly
gullible society and the entire piece was performed with the energy of
a small child who has eaten too many sweets.
‘Monkeys’ depicted a group of young people dancing, drinking
and smoking on a night out. Red and black could be seen in the costumes
and the lighting combined with music courtesy of Gorillaz. Billed as “a
snapshot of the UK’s Capital of Culture at its best”, this
dance gave a vivid image of youth culture.
The quality of the dancing was high, but unfortunately at times it seemed
the meanings presented in the programme were arbitrary to the performance.
While the pieces were visually entertaining the ideas behind them were
not always fully conveyed.