Reading about Walk into Space, I was a bit apprehensive about what the performance could involve, whether it would include too much audience participation for my liking, or even if I’d ‘get it'. The concepts of Time, Space and Matter are vast and the evolution of those fields are mind-blowing, how could these possibly be translated into a 40 minute performance? Is this for me?
Attending the first performance of Walk into Space was enlightening. IJAD are first in their field to work with online performance, live streaming to the world online and taking questions through social media platforms on their website Open Online Theatre. The performance was engaging, the dancers interpreting the concepts of Time, Space and Matter and their evolution, starting with a performance on Ropewalks Square writing out the formula for their compounds and make up all the way through to the performance within The Box at FACT to show their interconnected relationships.
Involving the audience for questions at the end, and performing the answers through interpretive dance was a different way to engage with the audience while avoiding asking the reserved British public (me included) to participate at a level out of their comfort zone.
Walk into Space is a fantastic and insightful performance that I’d like to see a lot more of.
IJAD's Walk into Space is showing at FACT 2pm and 7pm on Monday 23, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January 2017. Tickets are available here.