Presented as one of eleven productions in the This Is Wales showcase, this intermittently effective contemporary dance performance is the result of a biennial international cultural exchange launched in 2012. Staged in the round, the latest edition is anchored by a continuously revolving curtain of long, grey fringe. The five dancer-choreographers (originally six, but one became ill) sitting in our midst are easily spotted. The giveaway is their bare feet, plus the lack of coats or other baggage. Hailing respectively from Wales, Sweden, Hungary or Hong Kong, all wear slick, shiny and layered sports clothes.
The thematic underpinning of the dancing is arduous struggle. Alert, muscular Joseph Lee and hirsute Imre Vass keep swapping roles as a stiff-as-a board body or the one compelled to manipulate it. There are solos, some with monologues. Mui Cheuk-Yin succumbs to silent internal tremors. Small but tough Eddie Ladd buoyantly extols the virtues of breathing. Lee Brummer is pushy about pushiness. All five drop in and out of a tense cluster that travels slowly round the inside of the seating area, enacting a sweaty drama of shoving and resistance. Meanwhile Gosheven's music, with its wispy, burbling vocal or electronic rhythms, carries on as everthing is bathed in lemon-lime light. Solace, however, is in short supply.
Individual elements of this hybrid performance are interesting, and there are one or two moments of near-beauty. Vass is especially good at jumping up then falling hard to the floor, even if repetition dulls the aesthetic impact. Overall this experence might be best suited to those who find full-on, physically weird behaviour alluring.