We’re all possible prey, he seems to be saying; all potential wolves: watch your step, face the music, and dance. And, if that isn’t necessarily the profoundest or most focused message, nor this Shechter’s tightest or most satisfying piece, he’s still the only …
Halfway through his latest work I realised I was wrong to think that he is continually seeking to locate order within chaos. I now see that he is doing the exact opposite. For a choreographer, it is a dangerous path to follow.
The catch is that Sun doesn’t really offer a way out of its tangled roadmap. There are loose ends of themes about colonialism, peer pressure, militarism and exploitation… but Shechter’s approach is so scattershot, it’s hard to tie anything together.
Where Political Mother was like a teenager thrashing out his angst in his bedroom, Sun is that same kid a few years later, writing his university dissertation while experimenting with hallucinogens.
It’s like ballet gone feral.
I suspect the piece will evolve further. As it stands now, there are moments of extreme beauty, and of sheer horror. If the choreographer can give us more clues as to how they link, Sun will shine brightly.
But working with five top tango couples from Argentina has been an ‘existential’ experience, he says. ‘I was so happy to finally find dancers who really understood my language.’
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