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Dance review: Raw Moves' Free is an experiment that worked

Published on Jul 4, 2014 1:20 PM

Free by contemporary dance company Raw Moves was billed as a movement research project, pulling together the heads of 12 dancers and artistic director Ricky Sim to pin down the nebulous, elusive notion of being free.

What began as a simple exploration turned into a magical, daring experiment that succeeded. It took a risk with the audience, and the audience responded in kind.

The setup was simple. The Goodman Arts Centre Black Box was stripped of any seating, and before the show, audience members chatted among themselves, scattered around the space in groups of two and threes.

Almost unnoticed, dancers began to emerge one by one from backstage, walked the perimeter of the space, and returned. Then they emerged faster, in larger groups, chalking up five, ten rounds. Ever the reserved Singaporean audience, most of us sat there, watching them quietly.

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