Glisten

Reviewed by Flossie Waite
Half Moon presents a Daniel Naddafy production

Reviewed at artsdepot
For ages 0-18 months

In the intimate, dimly lit space – comfortingly gloomy with a gentle ambient soundtrack – every glimmer and glint of light is transfixing. It feels a bit like being at the bottom of the ocean: those deepest, darkest, quietest depths that are illuminated only by the light of a shiny squid or glowing angler fish. Over the next thirty minutes, performer Daniel Naddafy uses colour, light, sound and reflective material to transform the space from something akin to a seabed to something more like a mountain range, with shiny foil peaks ready for the audience of babies to climb.

The performance is an act of exploration and creation: Naddafy scrunches foil material with his hands and smooths it with his feet, for instance, enjoying the sounds and sensations but also building a sensory playground. Though the immersive environment changes over time, Naddafy’s performance remains entrancing, until the audiences’ focus is rewarded with a chance to play.

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