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Verdict: Nifty dance moves
Dublin 05 – O’Reilly Theatre – 12-24 September 05 – 20.00 (21.30)
Rumble is a hip hop and street dance show loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, in a straight-through 90-minute feast for the senses.
A key feature of the set is a large scaffold on wheels, with soft panels on one side, which can alternate as a plain backdrop or a series of platforms that give the dancers several elevated stages to work from.
While the dancing is top-notch throughout, several pictures stand out in the mind. In one scene early on, a single dancer at the top level of the scaffold has only his upper body showing, but is in step with two dancers at ground level who have only their lower bodies showing. The effect is like that of a single dancer with four legs.
During a party scene some of the dancers have plain white caricature masks, which proves effective in giving them a whole new set of characters to work with. The masks come into their own in a drunk scene after the party, where the masks are turned to the back of the head, but facing out to the audience, giving an interesting disjointed effect.
Little dialogue is used, and much of this is in German, as the group (Renegade Theater) are from Germany - so the dancers rely on movement and mime to get the story across.
Cast Credits: Ulrike Reinbott, Lenka Bartunkova, Dennis Kuhnert, Marcel Gebhard, Hasan Birkent, Fatih Alan, Frederik Rohn, Patrick Schulze, Christian Garmatter.
Company Credits: Director – Markus Michalowski. Choreography – Lorca Renoux. Company - Renegade Theater.
(c) Colman Higgins 2005
reviewed 16 September 2005 / O’Reilly Theatre
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