Déjà vu (And Other Forms of Knowing) by Andi Snelling marks the beginning of my Fringe Festival journey. This little gem is an exciting piece. But be warned; you’ll need to bring your lateral thinking caps, as this piece will have you working from beginning to end.
Snelling’s training in dance is evident in her physical mastery as ‘Déjà vu’ is told solely through movement. The piece was inspired by a freak bike accident that Snelling experienced. Her performance unfolds in a dream like sequence of dances. Each piece is episodic, coming and going with a disjointed soundscape. Similar to a dream, I struggle to recall the specifics of the performance, simply fragments. There were tastes of German opera and a powerful static scene with ‘Over the Rainbow’ reoccurring hauntingly; it almost felt like déjà vu.
‘Déjà vu’ is an experiment in form. There were many moments when audiences are left to join the dots of the performance themselves. Have no fear, as Snelling encourages audience members to discuss the show with her afterwards in the Fringe Hub.
I highly recommend sitting in the front row as this piece has lots of floor movement that you won’t want to miss out on.
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‘Déjà vu (And Other Forms of Knowing)‘ is being performed at the Fringe Hub: the Meeting Room until Friday the 23rd of September.