M.I.N.D.E.D. is “hip-hop theatre with grace, power and thoughtfulness”. Leah Tilney, who also appears in the show, directs the troupe of four young performers from Brisbane. The other performers are Travers Ross and brothers Benny and Jackson Garcia.
Each player takes turns to showcase his or her dance style in hip-hop battle format. The tensions ebb and flow between the troupe. At times all four are on stage, at times an individual is given time to shine.
Daniel Anderson dramatically lights the stage with moody splashes of light, which gives and added sense of drama and conflict. Matched perfectly is the almost drone like brooding soundscape of Ben Ely of Reguritator fame.
An interesting twist to the dancing is the use of a sling hanging from the ceiling. This gives the performers additional scope to interact and contort. There were several times when the audience burst into spontaneous applause at a particularly difficult manoeuvre.
The audience really appreciated the efforts of this attractive and fit group of young performers, giving a partial standing ovation at the end of the show. A must see show for lovers of hip-hop dancing.
M.I.N.D.E.D. plays in the Menagerie at the Royal Croquet Club until 5th March. The reviewer attended this performance on February 21st.