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ATTACHMENTS (article first published : 2005-09-20)

I missed Attachments at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year so was delighted to be able to catch it at the 2005 Witness Hilton Arts Festival over the weekend.

Created by its director Gerard Bester with Athena Mazarakis and Craig Morris, Attachments was originally commissioned by the FNB Dance Umbrella 2005. It deals with the world of the evolving relationship and how people “meet, interact and sometimes collide in various everyday situations and spaces”.

Athena Mazarakis and Craig Morris create a superb dancing partnership, moving together with beautiful precision and control almost like connecting and de-connecting images in a wax lamp. The programme includes pieces that cover a range of emotions with humour playing a strong part.

Blue Bathroom sees them in the confines of a small bathroom (no sets or props to help), reaching across or round each other as they go about the business of preparing themselves for the day ahead. Another sees an unbroken kiss that holds through a series of otherwise separating movements. Another focuses on laughter from helpless giggles to expansive hilarity.

Playfulness, tenderness, comfortable bodily contact – all the things that make up relationships – draw responses from the audience. In , they are sitting on a couch watching television, shifting positions while glued to the screen. The piece of furniture is a star turn in itself as Craig Morris uses it for a wild and wonderful gymnast feat!

Another excellent and very memorable piece, Sleep Talk, sees both dancers flat on the floor, as if in bed, and deals with what sleeping bodies get up to!

There are some quirky short items lasting no more than 60 seconds where items such as a toaster or an alarm clock take the spotlight.

Unfortunately, the last piece Lost in away completely “lost” me and didn’t seem to have the cohesive thought process behind it that the others had.

That aside, it was a stunning programme of contemporary dance. – Caroline Smart




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