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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 14, 2008 @ 1:21 am

    Digger dance

    Fiona McCann

    If you didn’t catch one of the four performances of Equilibre in Grand Canal Square, you may find it hard to believe that a JCB can be graceful. More than graceful, in fact: feminine, evocative, and even, in its sweeps and coy twirls, sexy. Yep, that’s what I said. Sexy. The Fringe has gone turned my head, clearly. But I stand over what I say: a mechanical digger was, for the length of a few short arias that filled up this wide open new Dublin space, sexy, or made so through some anthropomorphic feat in a balletic duet  that was unexplainably uplifting on a Saturday afternoon. Imagine what a combine harvester would have done to me . . .

    • Maeve says:

      I agree. it really moved me – searingly beautiful and poetic, the way man tamed machine and machine challenged man – they moved in perfect equilibrium. It was breathtaking.I stayed around for a bite after and saw the digger taken away on a flat bed truck: she seemed to glow and twinkle, whispering ‘i have been seen, I am a star’. She is. And the most perfect of days and spaces Georges Dock at its best. I loved the trapese too – hairraising in high-heels, and that girl with red hair is such a powerful light. Mad man in the jar – extrordinary too. Thank you Fringe and Equilibre for a perfect day.

    • paul m says:

      someone in the audience captured the performance for those who wish see if this digger was… eh… sexy.


      its a nice performance piece but its still not breathtaking as it should be with the interaction of such an imposing piece of machinery and a human performer. I’ve yet to see a show between man and machine that doesnt have to lower its expectation due to the limitations of the machines timing and movement.

      And Maeve, if the digger is whispering to you ‘i have been seen, i am a star’ then i can only begin to imagine what all the other plant machinery in the builidng sites surrounding grand canal dock area were saying to you.

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