‘Under My Skin’ embodies the ethos of the Next Wave Festival: accessibility, in more ways than one. The Delta Project dance troupe presents its high energy piece through the lens of deaf culture with the belief that dance can be used as a universal communicator.
The performance is a multi-media feast for the senses spread across several gorgeous scenes. The dance begins with the dancers (some of whom are hearing impaired) heaving together as one mass with visual projections flickering over their bodies. As one scene melds into the next, projections remains a key feature to bring two worlds, hearing and deaf, together.
The dancing from the Delta Project (comprised of Anna Seymour, Elvin Lam, Amanda Lever, and Luigi Vescio) is high energy. The troupe’s stamina to keep the dynamic flowing is remarkable. It is a case of people far more talented than I doing what they love, and impressing anyone lucky enough to see the performance. While I wouldn’t pretend to ‘understand’ or be able to interpret all that they did, I can say that I was thoroughly entertained and immersed for a full hour. That, for me, is always the sign of a great performance.
I suspect this will be a hit of the festival. I highly recommend getting in to see a performance before tickets sell out.
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.
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