Last weekend I was lucky enough to stumble upon a pop up performance happening at ‘Signal’ - an outdoor performance area/fine arts studio for youths situated behind Flinders St station on Northbank. Supported by Chunky Move, “It Sounds Silly” is a contemporary dance show, performed by a large group of dancers ranging from 13-23. It basically explores the world we knew as kids, pulls apart our once naive impressions of the world, machines, bodies, relationships and especially considers all the things youths worry about.
We’ve all experienced fear in some way, shape or form, and know how debilitating it can be. Yet sometimes it takes a little reminder or personal discovery to drive home some important realities. Fears so often isolate us, and leave us feeling helpless or alone when it seems no one else shares these sentiments.
So much of the choreography in “It Sounds Silly” looked into this, especially this one specific sequence which hit home for me (on a side note: Adam Wheeler, you are a genius) : each of the dancers formed one long line across the outdoor space. One by one they introduced themselves and publicly declared a fear, before passing the microphone along. The whole concept was so incredibly simple, yet so effective. Confessions ranged from humorous and trivial (“I’m scared my parents are going to see my phone bill”) to the deadly serious (“I’m scared of telling my brother that I’m gay”).
It drove home significant just how easily our everyday fears can leave us feeling unusual or isolated - when in reality, so many others share these experiences, and needn’t feel like outsiders.The large audience watching the performance could definitely relate to these confessions, which made the somewhat overwhelming task (like dancing isn’t enough!?) rewarding and liberating.Perhaps this is a little too cheesy for some, but it was all very familiar. I at least walked away realising that I shared similar thoughts and fears to others.
The following video is a short segment recorded from the performance - the quality isn’t great, but the notion of fear (and aggression/bullying vs childs play) is being explored through dance. Enjoy and have a think… What is it you’re scared of?