Popular French dancer Pierre Rigal will showcase his solo work Press at the Sydney Opera House this spring. The former athlete and music video director will explore how our personal space is constrained by the stresses of modern life.

Although Rigal sets himself a Houdini-esque choreographic challenge, it’s his bodily contortions that create the most attention. Set in a white wall cube accompanied by a robotic arm and a plastic chair, they’re quite amazing. The audience will witness the terror and isolation of a reduced sense of space -” both physically and metaphorically.

Press is linked to danger and death, Rigal said. It explores how our personal space is confined by the pressures of modern life.

Working in cooperation with lighting designer Frederic Stoll and sound designer Nihil Bordures, his show contains illusion and physical trickery to offer the viewer a strong yet insinuating take on the way we live.

info: Press will play from Monday 1 September until Sunday 7 September. Tickets start at $30. Bookings on 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com.

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