The finest dancing shows effort husbanded for the tremendous moment. Undisciplined – as it manically is in this appearance by Danza Contemporánea – it bangs at our sensibilities, hammers on and relentlessly on, and is a thumping bore.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/00c2a7…
I found Sombrisa, by Netherlands-based Israeli Itzik Galili, the most captivating piece. Its pattering percussion score (Steve Reich’s Drumming) offers the choreography more texture than foothold, so Galili has to construct his own compositional framework.
You may smile at Mr Bourne’s early adventures, then, and marvel a little. But best save your cheers for the superior sophistication of his Play Without Words, next up for revival.
…like his work or resist it, his productions capture an audience’s attention, speak frankly and engagingly, and earn affection.
Spitfire / Town & Country / The Infernal Galop Reviewed: 22 May 2012 I imagine that Matthew Bourne’s earliest adventures involved a radiogram, permanently set to the Light Programme and dishing out jolly … Continue Reading
The Early Adventures are three dances by a pre-Swan Lake Matthew Bourne, who made clever, musically sophisticated in-jokes and let the box-office take care of itself.
Johan Kobborg’s staging of La Sylphide is the best I know, the most sensitive to Bournonville’s drama and manner. And Steven McRae’s James is the finest (bar one) that I have known in all my years of adoring this beautiful flower of Romanticism.
he images and jokes whirl deliriously by, and if the evening’s overall structure becomes slightly repetitious, the wit of the performances and Lez Brotherston’s immensely clever redesign more than compensate.