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Freq.

Henri Oguike Dance Company (UK)

Choreography: Henri Oguike

Light Design: Yaron Abulafia

Costume Design: Asalia Khadjé

Music: Brian Eno & David Byrne

Water effects: Joule

Photos by © Yaron Abulafia


World premiere at Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, The UK - November 2010

Dance

A fierce cascade of glowingly lit water pours over dancer Elena Zaino. She swirls and scatters spray, tossing her long hair, but it’s more eerie than playful. Little rhythmic steps develop into a manic dance of possession; she veers from mocking to sobbing and, finally, near-naked, spins and contorts in strobe light.

 

Yet suddenly the choreography is ramped up to a heroic scale, and everything transforms. The water bounces dramatically off the dancer's body, creating halos, patterns and plumes of spray and, lit from the back, she seems to dissolve into a shimmer of water and light.

 

The effect becomes more hallucinatory when a powerful strobe light splinters everything into glittering pixels and reduces her movements to flickering fragments, as if in an old film.

"Abulafia's lighting also dominates the piece Freq. The water bounces dramatically off Zaino's body, creating halos, patterns and plumes of spray and, lit from the back, she seems to dissolve into a shimmer of water and light. The effect becomes more hallucinatory when a powerful strobe splinters everything into glittering pixels." (Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, 09 March, 2011)

"But gradually, in the glare of Yaron Abulafia’s fierce side-lighting, her movements intensify until finally she strips off her dress, and strobe beams transform her actions into something like a cry of pain, an image of undefined suffering. It’s a fantastic image, and a strangely troubling piece." (Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph, 10 March 2011)