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 Enter the Circle | Denise Rowe and Ombiviolum, by Hannah Cook
Wednesday 7th November 2018, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth.
From walking in to the Stage at The House there was a great sense of warmth. The main stage saw the members of Ombiviolum sat with their musical instruments while soft music played as the audience entered and settled ready for the performance to begin. Talking to those sat near me, it was clear that we all felt seen and welcomed in to this intimate space.
The performance started with one member of the cast lighting a plant as a symbol of the threads of all our lives coming together for this one moment. I felt calmed and settled. Denise Rowe performed a stunning solo where she told us a story of “a woman remembering herself”. Energy flowed throughout her body and out in to the audience; even seated towards the back of the stage her presence was felt
strongly. Personally, I would have loved to have seen more of moments like this. I feel as though the choreographed moments were beautiful yet fleeting. I was left wanting more.
After a short interval where we were moved to the House Foyer, we were called back in and invited to sit in the round on the main stage. The energy shift was palpable. Ripples of excitement flowed through the audience as we were invited to dance along with them. So many people jumped at the opportunity. It warmed my heart to see everyone forget themselves and truly live in the moment.
Ombiviolum created a home for us all; despite our differences we were able to come together in celebration of ourselves and each other. Truly inspiring.
Top Image: Enter the Circle