REVIEW: Odette Mercy s Heartbreak Dance
REVIEW: Odette Mercy's Heartbreak Dance

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Odette Mercy's Heartbreak Dance
Presented by Odette Mercy, her Soul Atomics and friends
De Parade Teatro 2
Review: Sarah Dunstan

Given that I spent much of my first heartbreak as a human puddle, watching YouTube piano covers of Green Grass of Tunnel from under my doona, I wasn't convinced that I was grown up enough for the bluesy, gutsy heartbreak theatrics offered by local artist Ofa Benness.

Yet, as Benness reminds the audience in her opening and her closing addresses as "heart-shattered" Odette Mercy, being heartbroken shouldn't end with wallowing in your misery.

Odette Mercy's heartbreak dance is all about sharing in how great it is just to love someone. Even if it ends with the one you love just upping and leaving, as our confessional songstress host describes.

Mercy's stage presence was as chilling and beautiful as anything she has previously offered at Mojo's, opening with a lo-fi, keyboard-driven lilt as the Soul Atomics drifted on stage like a curious rockabilly/Ibsen mash-up.

A great storyteller in both spoken and sung word, Odette soon introduced her friends and their talents one by one.

Far from miserable, the show included songs from Chris Callam (The Witches), Timothy Nelson (The Infidels) and goddess from the "fringes of Fremantle" Lucy Peach, who appeared without her ukulele.

Nelson belted out a crazy closing piece of soul like it was the easiest thing in the world.

Mercy's spoken and sung storytelling talents were the centrepiece but certainly rivalled by Peach's amazing vocals that are laced with a brand of offbeat love-pain that is similar to that of Juliette Lewis.

Rapper Asap did a fantastic job of working with somebody's prepubescent angst.

I went home and watched the clip for Sheila by Jamie T over and over again; a tale of three tragedies starring Bob Hoskins.

Odette Mercy's heartbreak dance won't dampen your soul; rather, it will put you in the mood to hear weaving tales of tragedy and heartbreak – and eventually, the healing and the loving that comes from it.

Odette Mercy's Heartbreak Dance continues on February 13 and 14 at 7.45pm. Tickets can be purchased from fringeworld.com.au.

The West Australian

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