Up close and personal: Francesca Rendle-Short on Jodie Farrugia

‘Up close and personal’, ARTLOOK #229, June 2003

‘The favourite passage for audiences in this first draft was a small moment embedded in the 20-minute work, a small moment of stillness, where Hodda, for all his great acrobatic dexterity to then, was suddenly different, suddenly still – being in the moment. This kind of choreographic exploration, which Farrugia hopes to extend, is confronting for the performer. Until that improvised moment, the performer’s sheer athleticism and skill speaks for them. In contrast, in the stillness, there is nowhere to hide, the performer is stripped bare, he or she becomes suddenly openhearted, soft, even vulnerable.


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