Down, instead of up. That is how things fall when they are dropped. But in the worlds of circus and dance, the body doesn’t have to give the appearance of being a servant to gravity. In the worlds of circus and dance, the body can defy gravity. And gravity is what pulls three pieces by three different choreographers together in Les 7 Doigts’ “Triptyque,” presented as part of Melbourne Festival at the Playhouse late on a Sunday afternoon. A swirling galaxy is made, beginning with Marie Chouinard’s “Anne & Samuel,” and Victor Quijada’s “Variations 9.81,” before pulling up the bed covers with Marcos Morau’s “Nocturnes.” Gravity is a beautiful force to test.
Les 7 Doigts perform “Anne & Samuel.” Photograph by Alexandre Galliez
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