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Review: 70-minute dance solo

Chou Shu-yi gave a riveting performance in last week’s ‘About Living’

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

It is not just Chou who is dancing, but the shadows, the light and the darkness as well. In one particularly beautiful section, one of the lamps, hanging just out of reach, slowly clears a path for him across the floor. When all five lamps are lit, it is as if Chou is moving among a constellation of stars, just another plant floating through space.

The mood shifts as a patter of raindrops is echoed in a torrent of drops of light pouring down the back wall and across the floor toward the audience. As Chou slowly walks along the back wall, the drops of light intensify into a torrent so that he appears to be walking under a waterfall.

It was a beautiful scene, and after all the tension that had built up, it felt like a deluge would prove to be the fitting end to the work. However, after yet another short blackout, Chou was back for about 10 minutes. This portion was lovely, but the section did feel a bit anti-climactic.

Even if About Living did feel a bit too long, Chou is an incisive dancer and always interesting to watch. The piece is the culmination of almost two years of work on the part of Chou and his collaborators and overall their hard work has paid off.

Chou and his dancers headed to Hong Kong yesterday, where they will perform his award-winning 1875 Ravel & Bolero as part of the Taiwan Culture festival this weekend, and then at the Macau Fringe Festival the following weekend, the culmination of this year’s Dance-Travel Project.

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