Sideways Rain 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A group of dancers enter the stage on all fours, move from left to right and
exit, while more and more seem to join this ceaseless stream, resembling
migrating herds hurrying to the water hole before darkness falls. They are only
13 dancers, but manage to look like hundreds, streaming in and out. They don’t
utter a sound, or acknowledge others, they just do what nature demands of them,
seeming to follow a primordial call embedded in their genes.
moments some changes appear. The dancers move along the same invisible lines but
find numerous ways to do it; jumping and sliding sideways, rolling fast forward,
sideways, backwards, any which way – but they keep pouring in.
repetitive movement has an hypnotic effect while the soundtrack by Fernando
Corona supports the action on stage with intensive, rather high-pitched white
noise, a perfect complement to the streaming movement on stage.
the hour-long composition we witness a Darwinian evolutionary process, which is
the main theme choreographer Guilherme Botelho sought to present.
the overall theme, Botelho also includes a fascinating examination of movement
in space and the strong effects minute details can have when placed in the right
Every change in the rhythm of a single dancer against the flow,
a stumble, the first dancer that progress backwards, each insignificant
disturbance can be jolting.
Toward the end, the dancers run nude, pulling
elastic strings across the stage and soon filling it with dozens of white lines.
It has a strong visual and conceptual effect and yes, it looks like sideways