This year, the International Dance Festival programme features, for the first time in 12 years, nothing but young and promising contemporary companies from Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, India, and the UK. And the quality of the performances they've brought shows a marked improvement from previous years. This past weekend alone, there were at least two productions worth exploring.
Luca Silvestrini's Proteindance company from the UK presented us with LOL (Lots Of Love), a dance production that tackles human connection and disconnection in the internet age.
The performance begins with projected close-ups of the performers' faces, which we recognise instantly as interacting with a computer screen. Not surprisingly, LOL continues with vignettes of Facebook and dating website user looking for attention, friendship, love, and human connection.
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