What if the sky never clears after the storm?
Shadows on the ground are cast by dark clouds in the sky. As people probe their way along a narrow crack, can they surpass the shadows they cast themselves?
Choreographer Ryu Suzuki adapts English writer Somerset Maugham’s short story into a dance work that reflects our times. In Maugham’s original, people at odds with each other are trapped under one roof waiting for the onslaught of torrential rain, emotionally tangled while suffocating in the limited space.
The literary metaphor of rain turns physical and overwhelming as contemporary artist Shinji Ohmaki brings an adaptation of his installation Liminal Air – Black Weight to the stage. What remains are dancers entwined in a sea of suspended black strands. Sound artist evala transforms musical tones into raindrops that touch our hearts. Even after a downpour, shadows linger on.
In the upcoming edition, the Japanese cast is joined by two young dancers selected by audition organised by New Vision Arts Festival and the School of Dance, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.