One of the biggest highlights for me at the 4th Annual ‘Out There’ Festival held in Great Yarmouth on the weekend of the 17/18 September 2011 was undoubtedly Tilted Productions performing ‘Seasaw’. Tilted Productions are a very talented and fresh dance company counting performance art, instillations and physical theatre as their mediums. They have an award winning choreographer, Maresa Von Stockert at the helm of the company making beautiful work. With previous dance pieces including the emotionally charged Trapped (2009), the brilliantly surreal Masquerade(2011), which will be touring again in the Spring of 2012 and now the breath taking antics of Seasaw(2011) to name but a few. Seasaw is a dance performance that was originally started as a research and development project as part of the Escalator Outdoor Arts and in association with Norfolk and Norwich Festival. The project then premiered its findings in Cromer last year as a site specific dance performance based on the Victorian promenade and beach surroundings. The performance looked to Cromer’s main attraction as the inspiration. The performance was loved by audiences so much that it prompted a tour and so they found themselves nearly a year later at the centre of a well received performance with a massive audience in Great Yarmouth at the Out There festival. Tilted Productions start the performance with a duo of dancers inviting the audience into their strange and quirky version of a picnic, with the Jaws theme echoing in the background. They then take the audience on a zig zag trail under, around and beside the Britannia Pier. Mimicking legends of the sea such as mermaids and much loved wildlife like seagulls that fill our town and showing how the elements can be used, provoking thoughts on pollution. A significant moment that reflects this in the performance is when three dancers are covered in a crude oil like substance made from an harmless water and gel mixture. In a well thought out, and clever solution to getting clean for the final group sequences, the dancers have a shower on the pier to get rid of the mixture then they jump off the pier in turn discreetly to get to their positions. While this is happening the other dancers divert the audiences attention to a dancer climbing down a rope from the pier, to amongst other things contact improvisation trios and duos set on a polystyrene ice berg. This then progresses to all the dancers joining for a beautiful moment, where they swiftly get upside down and there are just legs in the air against a background of the windmills of Scroby Sands. Led towards the water filled perspex box sitting on a plinth that somehow fits with the surroundings, the talented dancer that finishes this extraordinary plethora of dance and visual art dips into the water, whips her head back several times and then sinks her herself curled childlike to finish off the performance. ‘Spectacular’ said one member of the audience, ‘Amazing’ said another. The company performed brilliantly, and brought to life the complex and thought provoking ideas of Maresa Von Stockert in such a way that left the audiences stunned and defiantly wanting more. I for one am proud that Great Yarmouth got to see ‘Seasaw’, such an unforgettable company, choreographer and performance. Come back again soon please!
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