Virginia was a dance reviewer for New Zealand’s online review platform theatreview between 2012 and 2013, writing about dance, cabaret, and musical theatre shows in Wellington. Responses to her reviews were mixed – from artists having temper tantrums, blocking her on all social media, to personal thanks over email and in depth interviews on air.
Here is her review of Chimera by Sascha Perfect.
Haunting, Dark, Beauty
There is dark beauty in the haunting hybrid characters that Sascha Perfect inhabits in her movement and sound world Chimera, a work premiered at The Body Festival in Christchurch in 2010 and now continuing its development in Wellington, with its Wellington premiere originally programmed for the 2012 Dance Wellington Festival which was sadly cancelled..
A series of images that morph and travel: Sascha Perfect – woman; the dead body decomposing, doll-like; the crone, crumbling to become a bundle of rags; a pagan ritual participant, chanting; the accusing gaze of the maiden spinning her empty bird cage. Again: Chris Prosser – man; an eccentric at his desk, blindly and blithely swiping away the enemy and devouring flesh; a musical source, marking territory with violin twangs; a support to the woman yet existing in his own exclusive death ritual.
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