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M.I.N.D.E.D.

The premise is simple. Four dancers battle it out on stage, demonstrating impressive skills in the break-dance and freestyle disciplines.

While the level of experience is evident in the way the dancers move and interact with each other, the overall plot of the performance is unknown to the audience. At times this sense of mystery works in the favour of a show, but in this case it left a little too much to the imagination.

Was the main character, a young man, battling his inner demons? Or is he the new kid on the block trying to carve out a name for himself? We really couldn't be sure, and at times there were scenes that of such internal conflict and torment that it was hard to watch without understanding why.

There were, however, moments of pure visual poetry where, through the smoky lighting, we caught a glimpse of a contorted break dancing pose frozen in time. Impressive skills undoubtedly honed over many years speak volumes of the talents of these artists, who work better as individual performers than as a collective.

You definitely wouldn't call the foursome a well-oiled machine, as in the majority of synchronised segments someone wasn't quite in time. However, they made up for this in their separate solos, where they wowed the audience with impressive moves that literally have them standing on their heads. (The dancers, not the audience.)

This show is perfect for young people starting out in the the hiphop/ freestyle discipline. The creative ways in which the dancers worked with each other and some additional surprise elements gave rise to some 'ooh and aah' moments from the audience.

Acts like these are essential for getting the ultimate Fringe experience. Through supporting grass-roots, home-grown Australian talent that stretches beyond the headlining shows, you ensure the future of these incredibly nuanced art-forms, and give rise to the next generation of b-boys and girls who, without shows like these, would never know that this was possible.

★★½

Fruzsi Kenez

Fruzsi Kenez

Fruzsi is a painter/curator, and self-confessed cat-lady. She enjoys long walks in forests, cups of tea and putting pen to paper. She has written for Point Blank Magazine, On Dit and fivethousand.

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