What happens after a shipwreck? Oct 25, 2012

By Byron Au Yong

As the blustery streets outside On the Boards fill with wet October leaves, I wonder about memories that take over. In Kidd Pivot's The Tempest Replica, dancers navigate through the wreckage of holding onto pain as characters from Shakespeare's The Tempest. Set in a minimalist white play-land as well as an urban-suited cocktail party, dancers fold neatly and crumple violently throughout the performance. Text appears on the crinkled paper-like backdrop, costumes and unfolded boats. The cinematic music mimics the action (high heels walking), channels the mind (whispering laughs) and tugs at the heart (breath-filled piano music).

Can the shipwrecked survivors return to normalcy or will they forever drown in memories of loss? Some survivors strive to recreate a sane world through love, others through revenge. The cosmic and personal betrayals fill the stage.

Twisting movements, light-hearted gestures, martial arts sparring and matter-of-fact strides combine and repeat. Repeated phrases that happen with different costumes and music are a trademark of Kidd Pivot. Perhaps a wreck leaves muscle memories that require repetition despite what characters want to remember. The devastating realization throughout The Tempest Replica is the capacity of humans to hurt each other and in remembering the hurt, begin the cycle again.