Leanne Benjamin is sublime as the consoling central figure. Her shimmering white form infuses the stage with consolation, as she is held above the grieving mass like an angel swooping free of a baroque ceiling.
There are moments when you can see the revival this might have been: most notably after the interval, when Stephen Mear’s choreography and Jason Pennycooke’s snake-like hips suddenly scorch the stage, and make everyone else sizzle, too.
The Place billed its short, sociably-managed season Currency as ‘an international exchange of danced ideas.’... Continue Reading
Sam and Bella Spewack’s book never quite convinces me that Lilli and Fred are destined for each other, but Stephen Mear’s high-octane choreography, showcased in the set-piece for Too Darn Hot, leaves no room for brooding.
It’s an adroit double act, alive with strategies that confuse our sense of who is who.
Stephen Mear’s choreography bursts with wit and invention, especially during the spectacularly staged Too Darn Hot, which sees the impish hoofer Jason Pennycooke gliding across the stage while doing the splits.
On a narrative level, too, the concept remains unfocused, so that the closing minutes of this half-hour piece start to unravel into inconsequentiality. The imagery and audacity of Silver Swan’s first half is well worth the price of a ticket, but you leave the wor…
Video installation designed for a range of gallery & theatre spaces is a dominant theme in Rosemary Butcher’s highly visual and meditative work 'After Kaprow'. Another is the contemplation o… Continue Reading
There’s some wonderful dancing, from hip hop acrobatics to tight, sleek moves. Unleashed has immense drive and focus, bringing in different aspects of performance without losing its momentum or freshness.