>floating mirror by ecnad project
>reviewed by chan kah mei
24 aug 2001
FLOATING MIRROR reflected a metamorphosis in completion for Ecnad Project, the former Dance Dimension Project. This was their inaugural performance since graduating to the ranks of "public company limited by guarantee" in March this year, aided by the National Arts Council Seed Grant.
This meant a larger stage space at the Victoria Theatre instead of the Substation or shopping centre fountains; it also meant having the event graced by Minister for Information and the Arts Mr Lee Yock Suan and a more well-heeled, international audience.
change in stature for the pioneer in contemporary dance theatre, it remained
close to its principles - minimalist but provocative set ups, opportune
use of multimedia, seamless sequences, and not forgetting their trademark
>>'I never thought a hippo could look that good on gauze.'
I could not make a distinction between the rest of the scenes, however, certain extracts stood out - a beautiful duet by the two artistic co-directors (albeit being a tad lengthy) depicting a dreamlike state. I was particularly amused by what resembled a head banging sequence, used to signify an unleashing of frustration.
in between these were urbanites in various modes of work. I sensed a move
away from solo performances by Ecnad's originators and that reflected
the maturity of the group. The quintet of Choo Leh Leh, Kon Su Sam, Monique
Pillet, Wong Sok Eng and Lim Peck Lee put up a commendable performance,
executing more complex movements with greater precision and dexterity.
I applaud Ecnad's foray into contemporary performances and its vision
for grooming new talent. The group has also been invited to perform FLOATING
MIRROR at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival in Yugoslavia, renowned
for its presentation of experimental performing arts later this year in