Here Comes Trouble, Dance Base, Review

Submitted by Erin Roche on Sun, 27 Aug '17 5.34pm
Rating (out of 5)
Show info
Kiera Martin
Charlotte Vincent (director), Ryan Laight (designer), Jamie Roberts (composer)
Kiera Martin (creator, choreographer, performer)
Running time

Up, two, three, four, five, six, seven… Leap, two, three, four, five, six, seven… Kiera Martin begins her tale donning a feis competition dress half-unzipped and a bright blonde curly wig slightly awry. Her hard shoes strapped and her competition number pinned tightly to the front of her solo dress, Martin sets the scene, expertly performing an autobiographical homage to her multiracial identity, using Irish dance to connect her ties to multiple places that she calls home.

Vignettes exploring her roots in Yorkshire, Jamaica, and Ireland are powerful, but their transitions fail to consistently emerge in an understandable way. They leave you with questions, which seems like a deliberate choice, but perhaps it leaves you with too many questions. Innovative and truly dazzling choreography is the star, especially during the episode expressing a juxtaposition of Irish and Jamaican dance, mixing leaps and clicks with triumphant stomps.

The abstract design and lighting is elegant contrasting against a dance wrought with tales of struggle and strife. With outstanding dance, original music, heartfelt dialogue, and physical theatre, this is truly a multi-genre piece.

Here Comes Trouble is a fiery expression of Martin’s individual identity, each treble full of passion, each movement purposeful and weighted. Unmistakably talented with a story that leaves you contemplating the complicated nature of the question, “Where are you from?”

Aug 27