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This Essay Is A Critique Of A Performance Entitled 'eat It Up' Performed By The Up And Coming Australian Dance Company Called Steps.

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On the 16 th of August 2003, I was enchanted by the STEPS youth dance company as they performed their newest showcase called 'Eat it up' at the Playhouse theatre in Perth. Well at least I was enchanted for two of the three pieces that were performed. Although very different, works two and three came across brilliantly to the audience and communicated their theme through really good use of all the design concepts. Yet 'Dances of Atlantis' failed to capture my interest despite its interesting use of the orchestra on stage and the many partner duos. I think that the costumes let it down slightly, however the biggest reason why I don't think it was as good as the others was because it did not communicate a theme. Nevertheless all three dances achieved their purpose of showcasing the talents of young dancers from all over Perth.As Perth's only funded youth dance company, STEPS has been showcasing the talents of young dancers since 1988 and since then over 350 young dancers have had the opportunity to participate in a STEPS project. Innovation, vision and professionalism characterize their company, which has enabled young people from a variety of age groups and backgrounds to contribute to dance not only in Perth, but also nationally. The dancers are chosen mainly through auditions (because there are so many who would like to dance in STEPS!). This is probably due to the fact that STEPS creates work that directly relates to young people and portrays important messages for young people. STEPS helps young dancers to focus on the ways they work together and younger and older dancers work together providing junior dancers with positive role models. So really, STEPS helps make its dancer better people and their dancing in turn affects the audience to better things.'Noir Revolver' certainly affected the audience. It was an amazingly constructed piece showing eleven starlets of subterfuge caught in a cycle of endings and beginnings, based on Alfred Hitchcock's leading ladies and the Wilis of Giselle. They are caught in a cycle that begins with secrecy, mystery and subterfuge and ends in revelation, resignation and perhaps remorse. In the middle of the cycle is the inevitability of chaos, throwing their calm and ordered, if fictitious, world upside. The intention of the choreographers was to focus on the notion that these girls occupy a netherworld and a femme fatale persona that revolves each time a story is retold through dance. Although this is the purposed theme of the dance, before I knew this I thought that the eleven girls' husbands had gone to war and they were anxiously awaiting their return because the costumes, the music and their facial expressions all conveyed a sense of inner turmoil and sadness. However now that I know the real theme, I can look back and see how this was bought out in the dance. They used the space of the theatre very well; even removing the wings so that the whole stage could be utilised. This allowed the opening choreography,...

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