BEING given a long white robe and told to take off my shoes isn’t how I usually begin an evening at the theatre but I Infinite’s focus on immersive imagery demands that no one is left a mere bystander.
Set in a white, digitally animated environment, images of cubes are projected against walls as a sole performer (Maria Olga Palliani) explores the space to the cold, futuristic music, with grace and fluidity at times, then in robotic jolts.
The projected imagery is simply beautiful. As a haze fills the room, it is illuminated to mirror nature so at times the audience is watching, god-like in the heavens above the world’s cloudy sky, while at others they are watching a creature emerge from the mire of a swamp as one’s own imagination is allowed to create the scenes that unfold.
Inspired by the evolution of the digital world in its efforts to connect with physical, the dancer acts as a bridge between the two, blurring living movement with virtual imagery.
Free to roam, audiences can choose their unique own viewpoint and as walls made of light slice through the space, many couldn’t resist putting their hands through the nonexistent boundaries.
I Infinite’s spellbinding visual imagery collaborates with seamless dancing and music to make the enchanting piece an almost meditative experience which has to be embraced to be enjoyed.
Tom Dale: I Infinite is at The Mac until June 23.
HANNAH JENNINGS PARRY