Last Updated on June 4, 2021 by MyGh.Online
INFUSION, No Movement, No Sound
Studio, Sydney Opera House, June 1
There is a reason for what seems an odd title for this show: INFUSION, No Movement, No Sound. It comes from an African proverb that connects sound and movement as one – that one does not exist without the other.
But as the performance turned out, it seemed too close for comfort: more like Not Enough Dance, Not Enough Songs. Admittedly that comes from expectations in the advance publicity and what you think you might get from Ghanaian, Senegalese, Indian, Greek/Spanish, Canadian and Anglo-Australian performers with all the musical riches they have to draw on.
What we got was an exhibition of percussion that was interesting in itself but took a long time to warm up, and even then lacked the production elements that bring a show together to engage an audience.
It was fun to begin with a film of street dance in Ghana which was thrilling for its vibrancy. This was never equalled in the live performance, despite some spectacular high-jumping splits from Lucky Lartey and intricate tapping by Sally Dashwood.
The best was the percussion, with plenty of rhythm from drums of various kind, foot stomping in gumboots and lots of body percussion – hands clapping and slapping on thighs and other body parts.
At the performance I saw, the audience was made up on a school group from years 5, 6 and 8. They remained silent, with just a few heads nodding to the rhythms, but clapped eagerly and accurately with the performers when they were invited to do so, about 40 minutes in. Two shows on June 5 are scheduled for the general public.
The makings are there for this Jamestown Collective, based in Sydney, to make an impact. But it needs presentation help to make the most of its talents.