Words Yulia White
What is the Movement of the Human?
Soul, kiss, protest, freedom, dance, voice, hands, body. You name it. Personally, to me, it’s life.
MOTH (movement of the human) is a creative design company developed by Malia Johnston with creative collaborators Rowan Pierce, musician Eden Mulholland and Ian Hammond. Their production captures powerful emotions and traps it into movements, dance, music and sonic sounds. It engages performers with audience, who have no idea what to expect prior and during the show.
It’s about unveiling the story. What kind of story? It’s your story. The production of this story is unique, not your typical classical ballet or theatre. If you are an orchestra lover, you may not understand the concept. However, you will be pleasantly surprised.
You will smile during the show, you will engage visually with performers. Like myself, you will wonder and you will question your sanity! It’s up to you how you decide to act or conduct your behaviour during the show.
Perhaps, the most natural reaction I observed during the performance, was a child’s reaction amongst the audience. There was a 2-3 year old girl, who was dancing, clapping and duplicating the movement of the artists. She was the only one who was perceiving the show the way it is to be received. She was entwined with the music, beholding dance inside her child mind. The concept behind this show is the connection and key to its success. She felt it perfectly. Others a littlw more cautiously. Some of us felt a bit cautious, careful, strange, surprised.
When you are not sitting down in front of the stage expecting to watch a theatrical drama, but instead walk around and observe, feel and participate, you wouldn’t feel as natural because you are an adult, you are trying to do what’s right. MOTH is trying to reconnect with your mind. We live in a rushed enough pace, and they want us to slow down. Engage with the music, forget your daily routine, and just follow the lead.
It’s not an easy task, I tell you. Powerful sounds get through your skin, modern and contemporary movements remind you of your past, they take you back to the time when you were careless and exposed to the world. Remember those tunes you would pump through your stereo and dance around the room with insane energy you wanted to share with absolutely everybody who was hypothetically watching you? That’s how you feel watching MOTH production. All right, maybe not exactly what you’d feel, but that’s how I felt.
Small group of young individuals will deliver freedom of movements that humans don’t always want to reconnect with. Now go back to my first paragraph, and answer a question: What is the movement of the human? I know, I love starting conversation with a question, go for gold, keep an open mind.