O Vertigo is a production that settles in perfectly with the somewhat bizarre and funny mix that makes up Melbourne Fringe Festival. Set into two acts, Jacob Edmonds manages to bring forth the relevance of Dance Theatre and the emotions that it can draw from people while still fronting the show with a comedic presence.
The set-up of the production itself is welcoming with a cosy warmth as you enter, chairs, cushions and bean bags set up in a semi circle around a solitary television. Edmonds enters as the show begins, playing the part of the obnoxious audience member as he comments with glee at the lights and music that begin flashing.
Act 1 revolves around this premise – Edmonds being pulled up onto the stage to convey to the audience the relevance and meaning of dance theatre and how it can be sued to convey emotions in a way words cannot. While the premise is an interesting one – the main attraction of this Act is the dancing itself, Edmonds manages to balance the theatrics of the show with impressive, controlled movements that leave the audience audibly impressed and applauding loudly at the conclusion.
Act 2 is separate entirely from the first and this may throw audience members temporarily who expect the two halves to be connected in some way. Prior knowledge of knowing these are two separate performances will make viewers much more at ease.
The second act commences with a more precise plot – Edmonds’ character has a clone of himself within a television screen that wishes to come out and have a body of his own. The synchronisation of Edmonds on stage with the prior filmed performance on the television is superb – this assists the audience into falling further into the plot of the show. There is a vague Fight Club-esque feeling to the dance numbers as the show progresses, a cheeky nod to this highlighted by the large Fight Club poster sitting as part of the scenery for the performance.
Both acts within the show are more then entertaining – though the second act felt a little unfinished, the concept and the way it was carried out felt so entertaining there could have easily been another half hour added onto it.
O Vertigo is a fascinating addition to this year’s Fringe Festival, a delightful mix of comedy, dance and intriguing insights into what exactly dance theatre is – a concept many may not truly understand until after this show. A definite must for this year’s Fringe.
O Vertigo is showing at St Michael’s Angelican Church, from September 26th to October 1st as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Tickets can be purchased here.