Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece | DDF
Star rating: 2/5
Cheap Lecture & The Cow Piece - Dublin Dance Festival
Review by: Dave O'Shaughnessy
Featuring two seasoned dance artists, dancer and choreographer Jonathan Burrows collaborating with musician and composer Matteo Fargion, this two part show is a bewildering hour of rhythmic dialogue mixed with props and frivolity. Cheap Lecture begins the double-act show, with both performers reciting lines from script, varying between speaking in unison and overlapping in opposition, all the while punctuating certain words with the aid of a projector. What shows promise and wit in premise unfortunately falters in the execution, the resulting performance being hypnotic to the point of sleep-inducing.
The Cow Piece, to counter this hypnosis, is equally mad and has a constantly changing frenetic nature, dragging in everything from harmonicas to plastic cows and nooses. The connection linking each individual act within The Cow Piece is tenuous, with the whole piece appearing to be one big in-joke, or a series of in-jokes that only seem to entertain a specific few. Overall ridiculous, manic and self-indulgent, the combination of the two pieces leaves an odd after taste. You can't knock the talent the two performers possess, but you do just wish it was guided to something accessible from planet Earth.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Tuesday 29th May 2012 | Theatre
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