AWESOME FESTIVAL, Review

AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | Seashore | 3 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Seashore is an immersive experience for children under three to make believe and move to the natural rhythms of the seaside. Presented by Sally Chance Dance, the room is deftly transformed into a gentle beach through chalk lines and a rainmaker.

Children and their parents/carers move in harmony with one another to complete the immersion. Chance begins by encouraging each child to pick up a shell and listen to the whooshing ocean inside. Each gentle movement and lulling guitar recreates the playful nature and harmonious seascape.

Chance has thoughtfully integrated children’s curiosity with a guiding adult hand, encouraging intergenerational play, however it’s not as inclusive as it claims to be. This work was developed with and presented by the family groups on stage and whilst ticket holders are encouraged to get up on stage, in practice they are not interacted with sufficiently to foster a sense of inclusion.

Seashore speaks to those who enjoy gentle play and thriving imaginations. Go and enjoy – you won’t even get your feet wet.

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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