by Paula Citron
The dance evening 11 x forgetting is made up of two linked pieces based on Lucy Rupert’s bout with amnesia. Set to the backdrop of the cult band Radiohead’s Amnesiac album, Jenn Goodwin has choreographed a solo for Rupert which segues into Rupert’s choreography for herself, Barbara Pallomina and Jennifer Bolt. Both Goodwin and Rupert have cleverly incorporated Rupert’s broken wrist into their choreography.
The always quirky Goodwin has given Rupert a droll series of false starts in Just forget it, but her anguished body language underlines the angst of trying to remember.
In Rupert’s trio, 11 x Forgetting, it seems as if Rupert is the conscious state, Pallomina the subconscious and Bolt the unconscious, as the dancers work through their amnesia on different levels. Rupert takes on big abstract challenges in her work, and for the most part, she succeeds in producing images that radiate the trauma about loss and identity.
11 x forgetting continues until Sunday.
From Dancemakers Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.