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Nutshell review: Dogs

Every day, TheJournal.ie brings you reader-generated reviews of the hottest tickets at the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2012.

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THE ABSOLUT FRINGE 2012has over 100 shows playing out across Dublin until 23 September. Each day, TheJournal.ie will bring you our readers’ reviews of the pick of the crop and everything in between. You’ll get the chance to get in on the act yourself with our daily reader review tickets giveaway!

Today’s review:


(Emma Martin Dance)

Dean McMenamin’s review: The mostly instrumental, contemporary dance piece brought to you by the Emma Martin Dance company brings together six dancers, three male and three female, as they display the emotional elements through the medium of dance along side a mix of sounds by a soprano, drummer, and harpsichord player.

The mix of sound, dance and lighting evokes the senses throughout the 55 minute performance and at parts all three elements complement each other in harmony. The choreographed dance sequences, especially the duo dances where each dancer reacts and acts in relation to their partner movements was interesting and visually pleasing and when this was mixed with the use of movement to produce sound that added to the current auditory pleasure the play excelled.

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These excelled moments were too few and I felt the play lacked a sense of concept at times and was left wondering what was happening throughout parts. I even had to refer back to the brochure after the play to understand why it was called “Dogs”.

In three words? Interesting. Confusing. Emotional.

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