For anyone who remembers playing tetris on their computers, the low-tech game is fast-paced, yet intricate, and explores infinite geometric possibilities. This is exactly what the show 'Tetris' captures during the current Brisbane Festival.
With four acrobats, a bare stage, colour-coded costuming, and physical theatre, Tetris captures the imagination of children, and carries an element of nostalgia for the adults! Choreographed by Erik Kaiel, as the performers move, jump, slide, roll, and flip, the bodies build pyramids and defy the limitations of weight and size.
The show is designed to engage children and their parents, and to stimulate the audience both on the physical and the mathematical levels (and yes, the Rubik's cube made a special appearance). Performed by Ivan Ugrin, Paulien Truijen, Lorenzo Capodieci, and Zahira Suliman, Tetris allow the audience to step right into the classic arcade game setting and become a tetris piece.
Tetris is raw physical theatre. The absence of dialogue means that the audience relies on visual stimuli and engages their imagination from go. This seemingly simple game allows real-time, physical participation on a mathematical level, all accompanied by slapstick comedy to keep both kids and audiences laughing all the way through.
The 2019 Brisbane Festival is at various locations around Brisbane until 28 September.