Bounce – Insane in the Brain

Published: Sunday, September 21, 2009 | Review by: Ekua Ekumah |
Bounce – Insane in the Brain Bounce – Insane in the Brain

Bounce’s street dance version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest brings this 1963 story by Ken Kesey made famous by Milos Forman on celluloid in 1975 up to date with their retelling of this iconic piece.

Their choice of music deserves special mention here as it played a major part in firmly securing the eclectic genres that this piece showcased. From classical, to old school, hip hop, techno, pop, soul and even Bangra, the mix of music styles introduced a new element to the movement, or at least I thought it should have. As infectious and essential as the music was, I regret to say that the movement did not always match up to it in terms of energy of execution.

There were some powerful moments where the genius of Bounce shines through, when the contemporary stylized street influenced dance comes to the fore. The Darklight sequence, which played with the compulsive behaviour of the ‘inmates’ in their beds was fascinating, so too was their use of the imposing back wall to electrocute the patients after their escape into the audience and its final exit route for one fortunate inmate. The Courtyard sequence starting with the title tune Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill was a personal nostalgic trip for me, with its “ghetto blaster” pumping out ‘tuuuuunes.’

The frame for this piece, being the story of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was for me the weakest part of this show because there was a lack of conviction in characterisation.

The story created a perfect opportunity for the company to explore within their unique style, the varied genres of contemporary dance. The setting of an asylum meant they could push the limits, but alas, at times one got the feeling of being ‘slightly touched in the brain as opposed to “Insane in the Brain”.

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Bounce – Insane in the Brain is on national tour until 18 November, 2009.

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