THE INFINITESIMAL DISTANCE
BETWEEN TWO BODIES
Ming Poon and Scarlet Yu
Esplanade Theatre Studio/Last Friday
In The Infinitesimal Distance Between Two Bodies, the audience was given a peek into the backstage world of two dancers, preparing themselves and practising for a show which the audience never sees performed.
That simple premise was the start of a raw, intense and intimate journey into the world of Ming Poon and Scarlet Yu, which traversed the nooks and crannies of their relationship with each other through a series of comfortable, unassuming, almost imperceptible movements.
While the pair live continents apart - Poon is based in Germany, and Yu in Hong Kong - they stayed together for 10 weeks at Poon's apartment in Berlin to create the piece and to develop a bond and understanding with each other which they hoped to bring to the stage.
On this count, they succeeded admirably.
Donning simple tracksuit tops over a plain tank top or shirt, the bond between the two was evident and electrifying. When they looked at each other, they held each other's gaze frankly and openly, with the honesty of children.
Even when they were on opposite sides of the stage, there was always an awareness of another person nearby, which was palpable in the tilt of a body, or the synchrony of a seemingly untimed movement.
It was this bond between the two that elevated an already thoughtful choreography into a truly mesmerising performance. As the audience streamed into the studio, the duo were already warming up on stage and waved at friends and acquaintances as they passed by.
As they stretched and limbered up on the dance mats, patches of personality already began to seep though - Poon's meditative looseness as he shook out the tension in his hands and Yu's athletic certainty as she strained against the limits of her body.