Introducing one of our volunteer dance reviewers, Hannah Cook:
I am currently studying BA(hons)Dance Theatre at Plymouth University. Prior to this, my training mostly consisted of classical ballet, until beginning contemporary dance alongside A-Level Dance at my Sixth Form in Cornwall. Completing my A-Level in Dance sparked my interest in exploring Dance as a career. I hope to explore this interest with Dance in Devon, as well as to further my love of watching live dance performances.
Review of FOMO, MOFOS! | Mary Pearson, by Hannah CookWednesday 11th October, The House, Plymouth University
This solo performance piece explores the digital age of where we find ourselves right now. As part of the audience, we are encouraged to question the human state of being; with the ever-increasing world of technology and social media, how are we supposed to be? This is the question which came to me throughout Mary Pearson’s performance.
With digital projections, intriguing costume choices, and a constantly shifting display of “characters”, we are taken through a series of sketches. Seemingly, there is no overt link between any of the scenes which are presented to us on the stage. However, small and clever reoccurring motifs quickly appear as to give the audience a clear theme to guide us through the piece. Towards the end of the piece, the various “loose ends” begin to come together. As Pearson moves around the stage in a series of falls and dizzying spins, the projection on the backdrop encourages us to ask questions such as “what is the point?” and “what if there is no point”. For me, this encapsulates all that is meant by the title “FOMO, MOFOS”. In a world where we are encouraged to be all things, see all things and do all things, what if there is no point to this? What if there is nothing to “get” from this?
As a result, throughout this playful, funny, and exciting piece, Mary Pearson encourages us to embrace our individual identities, be ourselves, and not worry about what exactly the point of it all is!
Top Image: Mary Pearson, FOMO, MOFOS!