This is a piece that people will remember. I, for one, will remember the feeling it evoked, the dreamlike movement of the dancers, and the smile it left on my face.
I saw “Sphere Of Banished Suffering” at the ever intimate LSPU hall and on a Thursday evening, and didn’t know what to expect. I was handed a beautiful piece danced by three talented artists; a young girl, representing the simplicity of youth, a young woman, representing perhaps the wonderment and nervousness of being in between, and a woman seemingly on the verge of a breakdown, all representing the same soul. For me, the piece highlights uncertainty of the growth and evolution of one woman, and this thought is delivered beautifully through the use of props, audio, and the dancers’ bodies.
It tells us over the course of several years what matters to these three incarnations, what bothers them, and what inspires them, and their perception of the world. These three spirits try to work with each other and against each other, all echoing inside the same mind. They move both together and alone, and the choreography really seems to evoke a certain understanding from the audience. I could tell from the first few moments that everyone watching was interested and completely captured in the movement on stage.
It reminded me why I love dance. It can tell a story, sure, but it can also make you feel things and understand things you haven’t before. As the work came to a close, the three incarnations started to seem more like family to one another, always bickering but appreciative for each other at the core. And in the last few moments, it dawned on me what this piece means to me, personally. I realized that in the end, the craziness and stress that plague the human mind are inevitable, but they come along with the joy and laughter and sweetness that makes you want to embrace it all. I grinned, and applauded, and didn’t stop grinning for a long time.