May 15, 2014 21:00
Five dancers reveal simultaneously and singularly an energetic landscape, a charged terrain of options. Their actions are manifestations of surging phenomena, imperceptible but always active.
Violet is a steep descent into a maelstrom, a swirl of energetic patterns and kinetic sculptures full of detail, partnered live on stage by musician Brendan Dougherty on electronics and percussion.
After a period of cross-breeding with other art forms and collaborations, Meg Stuart turns in Violet to movement as its primary motor, pairing choreography with an alchemy of the senses. Perhaps the most abstract piece so far in her long standing career, Violet bears Stuart’s unique signature, an art that hones a frail ‘condition humaine’ in its intense physical emergence.
“Propelled by loud sound and booming silence, Meg Stuart’s new choreography channels pentup
energies – natural, musical and alchemical – and slams with the force of a tsunami.”
Oonagh Duckworth, The Bulletin, September 2011
“This piece is not for the timid or sensitive. Like a drug trip, a magnification of your own state of mind is possible, since Violet plays with experience of the present moment. Though Stuart’s work tends to be challenging, there is something trancelike and quite unforgettable about the journey.”
Alena Giesche, Thalo Magazine, March 2012