Origin is a dance spectacle that reimagines the creation of life. The cast consists of a variety of different dancers who each showcase a certain style. It's a tale of beginnings in which an explosion of dancers are born. Silver futuristic girls manage a structural globe, a brown character connects us to the earth and blue ephemeral air beings float from the sky in a stunning aerial performance. Together these characters visually explore the stage and present an interesting piece of physical theatre.

It did not quite hit the mark and felt like it was still in the rehearsal process

A larger-than-life circular frame dominates the stage. Dancers swing in and out, or move and lift it majestically. This geometric aluminium masterpiece was created by engineering students from LSU.

These American students from the college of Music and Dramatic Arts LSU present a show that has the potential to become a professional masterpiece. It did not quite hit the mark and felt like it was still in the rehearsal process. The large cast of dancers were not quite in sync and at times accidentally banged into their giant prop.

The audience is invited to join these creatures as they leap from the ceiling or crawl along the ground, metaphorically of course! Leave swinging from the ceiling to the experts.

Interdisciplinary approaches have been used throughout this production. Though the dance skills vary, the collaboration between departments is interesting.  

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The Blurb

Origin tells an allegory of a fictitious species on a distant planet using aerial fabric and a football like structure three metres in diameter. Drawing inspiration from many sources including string theory, cell biology, evolution and cultural myths. All the performers are college students from Louisiana State University many of them involved from the beginning of the creative process. Coming from disparate academic disciplines and varying levels of performance experience, these young artists are thrilled to tell this unique tale at the Fringe.

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