Dancenorth's fully sick show one for the ages.


By Shari Tagliabue, Townsville Bulletin.  Saturday 16 April.

It's not often you see contemporary dance works aimed at both children and adults, for Dancenorth.

Engaging future audiences is not only smart but necessary and Rainbow Vomit, the visionary piece by artistic director Kyle Page and rehearsal director Amber Haines, delivers in spades.

The premise of kids being glued to their iPad screens is a phenomenon that not only threatens children's imagination but applies to adults as well, and the opening scene of five dancers seated on clear balls, mesmerised by the glow from a screen, resonated with the entire audience.  Dressed in effective pyjama-style twosies by Andrew Treloar, the designs of jailbird black and white stripes, psych institution -esque white and small-checked screen fuzz alluded to the solitary confinements that screen time induces.

From there, the audience was taken on an exhilarating ride, laughter erupted at the organic physicality of the dancers melding into a solid mass or defying normal constraints of movement with Ashley McLellan's incredible liquid contortions a real crowd-pleaser.

Audience members were issued with firework glasses, and the visual delights that followed were simply breathtaking.

Throughout the 40-minute piece the dancers immersed themselves so wholeheartedly into their characters you almost had to remind yourself they were dancing.

Their physicality is a testament to their skills, while the unique choreography could convert wide-eyed kids or non-dance aficionados into devoted fans.  Rainbow Vomit is exciting, engaging and innovative.