First night was great! A very appreciative audience, and the 100% commitment from every dancer really showed.
Heather Wallace was there from the HerCanberra blog, and has written a review:
“By the end of performance I’d forgotten I wasn’t watching a group of professional dancers. This is a sophisticated production that holds its own…” (more on HerCanberra)
And Len Power from ArtSoundFM has graciously allowed us to reproduce his review here:
“REVIEW – QL2’s ‘ME RIGHT NOW’
WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2012
QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble opened their yearly flagship performance entitled ‘Me Right Now’ at the Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse last night – and what an electrifying performance it was!
In ‘Me Right Now’, the dancers take us into a snapshot moment of youth, displaying the emotional journey we all face at that age – the worries, the joys, doubts and fears and the highs and the lows. The three choreographers have done an excellent job with the dancers, producing a seamless evening of dance which entertains while being thought-provoking as well.
From the opening sequence, where we see the tightrope and tug-of-war that all youth experience, through to developing adult male and female identity, and finally to an enthusiastic sense of youthful idealism and optimism about the future, this production is insightful as well as a delight to watch. It made me think of my own similar journey at that time of my life and so this production speaks to everyone, regardless of age.
The commissioned choreographers – Lina Limosani, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Matt Cornell – have come from interstate and overseas to create this work with the dancers. It says much for the high-standing of QL2 in the world of dance that they are able to attract choreographers of this calibre to work with the company.
The dance was of a very high quality. As always, the discipline and commitment of this company was on display, but, in addition, there was an emotional edge to the performances where the dancers clearly showed their commitment to and understanding of the ideas developed by the choreographers throughout the work.
Adam Ventoura’s accompanying music was excellent and the video projections by Canberra’s Bearcage Productions were the perfect accompaniment to the dance. Costume designs by Rose Montgomery were colourful and practical.
QL2 has, once again, produced an excellent and entertaining evening of dance which should not be missed!