The Land of Yes and No Review

‘The Land of Yes and No’ is a dance performance, performed by 6 dancers from the Sydney Dance Company, that took place in front of the Saint Pauls Cathedral, London. First, I need to make it clear that I am not someone who understands the meaning behind dance nor do I have any in depth knowledge of the dance world, however, I can enjoy a dance performance and that is what I will talk about.

The Land of Yes and No was an interesting performance, it was unique. Just from the name you can get a general idea on what the performance is about, but even whilst watching the performance, you are questioning what is happening, which I believe was their motive. The idea of not being able to decide yes or no and travelling between the two “lands” is basically the idea of confusion. Not being able to choose, not being able to understand and being left in the middle whilst trying to search for the correct answer? I call that confusion. Usually I find it difficult to connect the performance to the theme/name of what they are performing, but I could certainly connect a few things in the performance of ‘The Land of Yes and No’.

The entire performance flowed well all together and there was no mess-ups, the dancers performed ‘The Land of Yes and No’ perfectly. However, whilst I call my compliments, I do have some issues with the performance.

‘The Land of Yes and No’ is a dance performance that took place in front of the Saint Pauls Cathedral, outside on concrete steps. At first, it does not sound too bad, but the audience is made to sit down on concrete stairs, no seats to make them comfortable. Furthermore, this takes away the potential of the audience being stuck in the magic of the performance, which is what you will want to accomplish when trying to create a piece of art.

For example: A cinema is a great place to watch a movie when it first comes out because it is in a warm, comfortable and enjoyable environment, this is good because it allows the audience to relax and lets the film catch them like they’re in a dream. If a cinema were outside in a forest with no chairs, volume coming from one direction and nothing to keep them warm, it would be awful! That is what ‘The Land of Yes and No’ did, and it was disappointing.

Moreover, here is another review given to this performance: “Pigeons fly past, stopping on the cathedral steps regardless of the performance. […] but this excerpt suits St Paul's.” - Reviewed by Zoë Anderson on Independent. I chose this review as I believe that the short quote I have taken from the review best describes the performance, there are pros and cons like any other, but this one leaves you with a fifty-fifty decision, like ‘The Land of Yes and No’.

In conclusion, I think the performance is great, but the location could definitely have been better. People do say “But how many times do you see a performance like that in front of the St Paul’s Cathedral?” That may be true, but here is one back: “How many times do you see a performance like that in your own house? Or on top of the De La Warr?” The location changes nothing; it is a rare sight to see, so go see it.

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