Two dancers, a strand of light behind them, an intense white strand of light, cutting across the rear wall – in response to the dancers, or is it that the dancers are responding to the light? This mesmerising brilliant strand is superseded by lines of light streaming down, vertically, contrasted by horizontal lines projected onto the bodies of the two dancers. One dancer implodes into a shadow, and then dances in silhouette against the screen of white lights. The dancers move with and against the fluctuating vertical lines and densities of black... all is relevant, involved and evolving.
Is it the screen or is it the performers leading the action? I could never tell and the question became redundant in this 'interactive dance and technology work', created under the artistic direction of Austrian cross-media artist Klaus Obermaier. Rob Tannion and Desiree Kongerod are powerful, solid dancers, full of grace and sensual responsiveness. Sometimes fleshy, coloured amber; sometimes shadows; sometimes the body a pulsating constellation of stars in the dark. Everything has a vitality and a resonance. Whole sections made me inhale with pleasure and surprise, not one moment a let-down, with the images and atmosphere carried by a soundtrack that supports the visuals in an electronic, swampy kind of way. I was in wonderment at pouring vortexes of light, swarming sperm-like pearls of light, and undulating strands of energy, exploding, wrapping, tumbling, lacing, and entwining the dancers' bodies, which at times seemed to dissolve away before my very eyes, only to then reform and reconstitute back into an intangible human energy.