Upon entering the venue, audience members are greeted with the sight of a few youths in slightly grubby underwear sprawled on the floor and colourful clothes strewn around the stage. It is reminiscent of the morning after a wild party, or perhaps a pack of street urchins in a puppy pile. No actual narrative is provided, so audience members are left with their imaginations.
After the slow unfurling of bodies and some skin scrubbing, the soundtrack of sloshing water and mechanical spinning begins. It gradually becomes clear that the audience is watching the human equivalent of a washing machine cycle.
This 30 minute show is produced, choreographed and performed by an emerging new contemporary dance company from Lancaster, called In-Transit Dance Company. This is their first Fringe. The contemporary choreography is energetic, and the dancers’ endurance is impressive. As the washing machine begins to operate, performers frantically toss themselves around the stage, complete with extensions, lifts, cart wheels and full-body shimmying as the spinning speed increases and decreases during its cycle.
However, it is unclear what emotions the performers are attempting to depict either facially or bodily, as there are not laugh out loud funny or particularly solemn moments during the show. In terms of creative content the piece has potential but lacks psychological substance – what are they getting clean from? What happens once they are clean? Do they ever get clean?
Although there are brief moments of choreographic epiphanies, for the majority of the show the choreography lacks intent and needs more work to smooth the rough edges.
By Ingrida Dornbrook
18-27 August, not 21 Aug, 19:00 (19:30) @ Greenside