PUBLISHED 27 April 2016

Review by Amy Bent

Dancenorth have opened their 2016 season in a splash of colour with the world premiere of Rainbow Vomit. Taking inspiration from technology and the impact it has on the developing minds of young people, Rainbow Vomit is an audio-visual delight where audiences should expect the unexpected. Dynamic duo Kyle Page and Amber Haines head up a team of creative collaborators who have helped to bring the vision for this work to the stage. 

Dancers Harrison Hall, Mason Kelly, Jenni Large, Ashley McLellan and Georgia Rudd demonstrate their exceptional agility and versatility throughout Rainbow Vomit. The work opens with an acrobatic gym ball sequence and progresses through a combination of solo’s, duo’s, trio’s and whole ensemble sections featuring choreography that blends a range of dance styles with spoken word and quirky facial expressions. 

The musical score is the brainchild of New York based Australian artist Alisdair Macindoe who worked with Dancenorth for their 2015 season, creating A Pre-Emptive Requiem For Mother Nature. The soundscape reveals a combination of funky techno beats, a dial-up modem, a distorted grab from an interview with a child and the dancer’s voices to marry perfectly with the choreography. The costumes, designed by Andrew Treloar, resembled pyjamas and were simple yet effective. Set and lighting designer Gavin Ruben and rigger Murray Dempsey have created a performance space that, in its simplicity, allowed the choreography to stand out, while in it’s intricacies have added another layer to the work. The lighting effects were, for me, a standout of this performance. 

While the title Rainbow Vomit may be a little off-putting for some, I found it intriguing and the dance certainly delivered in that regard, arousing a sense of fascination, awe and bewilderment. The work achieved so much in only 40 minutes and the “woah’s”, “ooh’s” and “aah’s” from the audience are testament to this. Designed to target a younger crowd, Rainbow Vomit has appeal for all ages and truly is an experience not to be missed.