Paul Baggett, third year Dance and Drama with Aerial Performance student discusses his thoughts on Earthfall’s Chelsea Hotel production here at Edge Hill.
Earthfall Dance Theatre invited you through the fourth wall of New York’s Chelsea Hotel, telling the explosive and troubled stories of its numerous past guests through music, projection and an expert combination of physical and dance theatre.
Four athletic and daring dancers, including Edge Hill graduate Alex Marshall Parsons, performed dynamic choreography, taking great risks in a series of gymnastic and contemporary movement. Accompanied on stage by an ensemble of live musicians, the character stories were told with a strong harmony between music, dance and theatre.
Effective staging plus a great use of lighting and set pieces, which the performers moved around with great ease, allowed the audience to envisage the rooms of the famous hotel and the dramatic and sometimes bizarre events that occurred in them.
The choreography was seamlessly entwined with an array of projection and live video feed from multiple angles, offering the intrigued audience many unique ways to view the action unfold.
The audience were presented with the opportunity to continue the experience after the show by accessing a mobile app that offered further scenes, photos, audio and interviews with the directors, and all provided with a free chocolate.
This was an explosive production full of engaging storytelling and, based on real life accounts, it provoked a brilliant response from a very satisfied audience; one member described the piece as ‘daring but touching’ and I would agree.
Earthfall did a fantastic job of amazing and accessing the audiences’ emotions with their skillful exploration and presentation of this creative project.