On January 27, I had the pleasure of attending the Rishon.2 art showcase at SKL Design+Vision in Burnaby—and what transpired within those walls was nothing short of a transformative experience.
As I stepped into the venue, I found myself in an immersive space where projections adorned every surface, and a DJ held the central space of the room. The screen urged attendees to stand within outlined areas on the floor, signalling that this was no ordinary art exhibition.
The show unfolded with dancers emerging from the shadows, accompanied by projections that painted the entire wall with captivating visuals. Positioned alongside the DJ, I became part of a unique, intimate experience where hip-hop dance choreography unfolded all around, blurring the lines between performer and spectator. Being on the same level as the artists allowed for an energy exchange that heightened the intimacy of each performance.
The showcase was a visual and auditory feast, a rhythmic exploration of GoldLink’s album Diaspora. The acts unfolded in different corners of the room, seamlessly transitioning between dance numbers, a live cover by the talented local artist FAY, a freestyle cypher, heel dancing, voiceover, acting, cinematography, and a fashion show featuring local clothing brands. It was a captivating journey through a myriad of art forms, presented simultaneously in a setting that defied convention.
As each act took place, I found myself constantly shifting focus, immersing myself in the dynamic interplay of diverse artistic expressions. The performers were not confined to a traditional stage; instead, they moved freely, inviting the audience to follow and engage from various vantage points. This mobility enhanced the sense of engagement, ensuring that no moment was overlooked and that the audience was an integral part of the unfolding spectacle.
The collaborative nature of the showcase was evident, with different artists seamlessly blending their talents; the energy radiating from the performers was contagious. The show, lasting a mere 25 minutes, managed to traverse the entire spectrum of feelings, leaving a lasting impression that lingered long after it was over.
A noteworthy aspect of the showcase was the placement of the DJ in the centre, acting as a conduit for the energy generated by the various art forms. This innovative approach amplified the impact of the performances, creating a sense of unity and connectivity. At times, I felt as though I was not just an observer but an active participant, contributing to the collective energy that filled the space.
The unique delivery of this show, created by Karina Bromberg, was both unforgettable and enjoyable, highlighting the power of collaboration and the versatility of artistic expression. As the piece concluded, attendees were invited to partake in a social hour and indulge in vintage shopping within the same space, fostering a sense of community and shared appreciation for the arts.
Rishon.2 transcended the boundaries of conventional exhibitions, providing a multi-sensory experience that celebrated diversity, collaboration, and the boundless possibilities of artistic expression. I eagerly anticipate the next installment, eager to be swept away once again by the enchanting symphony of creativity that was masterfully orchestrated.