Ten individual artists perform for two minutes each in the stairways, halls, bathrooms, entrances and attic of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in what is a brilliant modern story-telling performance. In fact One Two Ten is exactly the way theatre in the 21st Century should be; set in unconventional places and experienced rather than watched.
When you arrive at the stunning building in Kangaroo Point join the other participants on the deck for a drink, before being split up into ten intimate groupings. Each group is ushered into the building by a lovely volunteer and taken into their very own performance zone, which can be anything from a darkened makeshift room in the attic, or a wrap-around deck you have to crawl through a window to access.
Once in your first spot a bell will ring and the evening will begin. Suddenly the building will come to life with the sound and moment of ten capable performers from the MakeShift Dance Collective. Be sure to take in every breathtaking moment because one hundred and twenty seconds later, it will all be over, and with the second ring of the bell, you must move on to the next intriguing area.
Each performance zone has it’s own story to tell and whilst I didn’t understand a single one, I loved every perfect minute. The solo actors, dancers, singers and musicians did a brilliant job engaging their mini-audiences; making us, laugh, cringe and let out audible and perfectly synced gasps. I am desperate to write about my favourite performance, but aside from the fact I can’t pick just one, I don’t wait to spoil a single second of your own wonderful experience.
This review is based on the reviewers experience of the opening night performance.
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