Out of the mist, a motionless figure appears. The audience
holds their breath and waits. The dancer does eventually
move, but such tense moments of expectation reoccur throughout
This is not an easy piece to watch. Beautiful and innovative,
arguably to the point of being pretentious and self indulgent,
Reflection astounds, baffles and disturbs its viewers.
The vigorous and frenzied precision of Tanya Kharbarova's
movements is incredible as she imitates an insect, a bird,
a little girl. Although the soundtrack is rather reminiscent
of someone twiddling the reception dial on a radio while
sitting in the middle of a motorway, the excellent sound
and lighting are superbly atmospheric. Religious and astronomical
symbolism, bizarre rituals, growth and evolution all seem
to be concerns of Reflection, but the scenes are so cryptic
and abstract that it's hard to tell for sure.
thrill: Like nothing else.
spill: But what does it all mean?