May 2017_by Marcella Vanzo
Sleep Technique (2017) is the Dewey Dell most recent production, in collaboration with Massimo Pupillo from Zu, a cult group from the Italian contemporary underground scene and it is a response to the stimuli they received when visiting the prehistoric cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc in Ardèche, France. Clad in a cross between Mad Max and ancient Greek like tunics, four dancers, two men and two women, take part in an unknown ritual whose power we can only feel through them, lost in a deep, sinuous darkness that feels as old as time.
What is interesting, is the layering of space, light, sound and action, that make the stage feel like an infinite labyrinth they dwell in, an underworld made of ancient rhythms able to thunder through a dancer pelvis and direct the performance in new directions.
This is a performance made of timeless figures that remind us of a Bruegel or a Bosch's painting details, in slow motion moves. These endless bodies fluctuate in space, merging with the atmosphere in such a subtle way, it almost feels like an underwater world. We leave wondering where we've been.