Conspicuously in evidence is a hefty dose of the slapstick-on-a-razor’s-edge-of-pathos and the episodic scene cycling that are hallmarks of Tanztheater, but the balance here between theatre and dance is awkward. Continue Reading
Muntagirov is, quite simply, the finest Lensky I’ve ever seen.
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The tone jumps from noir to horror to slapstick, all signalled by a seamless soundtrack. The skilful, elastic-bodied cast each dance solos in the snow, sharing a similar palette of convulsing, angsty distortions.
Back in 1987 Ultima Vez stunned the dance world with their debut production. On the eve of a UK tour, Belgian choreographer Wim Vendekeybus talks to Lyndsey Winship about reviving a landmark show... Continue Reading
Review: Richard Alston Dance Company 20th Anniversary - Rejoice in the Lamb, Burning, Nomadic, Madcap - Sadler's Wells
Alston’s prolific output now extends to 40 creations for his own company, the latest of which – 'Nomadic' - is the celebratory centrepiece of this anniversary programme. Continue Reading
Odedra is an extraordinarily gifted mover. He embodies a balance of ebb and flow rarely seen... Continue Reading
Alston has also gone off-script, in an unlikely collaboration with hip hop dancer Ajani Johnson-Goffe. What this meeting of styles would look like was anyone’s guess.
Alston’s choreography is extremely contained and while it sometimes comes over as conventional, lacking in consequence, its classical beauty – steps rising and falling with the voice – fits well with Britten’s airy score.
It’s possibly one of the most gorgeous pieces he’s made, the slow, suspended chords of the organ reflected in the movement’s rich, curving spaciousness and the eccentrically vivid libretto transposed into funny and fleeting dance images.
Odedra should trust in the fact that the most interesting thing on stage is always himself.
Stéphane Ley’s sound, if at times over-amplified, recalls the “thousand twangling instruments” that hum about Caliban’s ears in The Tempest. In technical and design terms, Plexus is a masterclass.