As Jeyasingh works around the wooden benches, finding ways to vary the movement, the dancing becomes vividly evocative. There’s sea imagery as the dancers bob in and out of sight, and patterns that suggest machine parts or a hunt in process.
The Mayor of London, Arlene Phillips and hundreds of dancers from around the UK launch Big Dance week with a whole day of dance on the station concourses next Thursday Continue Reading
Fensterputzer has more unadorned dance than usual, with smooth solos and a terrific massed hand-jive, but it’s mostly just a triumph of stage direction. If only someone would complete the picture: sing an aria, make a speech, make a point…
Fernando Suels Mendoza’s dance of almost spiritual devotion might be the most gripping thing I’ve seen all year. It reminds you that when Bausch’s work is good, it’s astonishing, but it would surely be more potent in a concentrated form.
while evincing a typically Bauschian strain of melancholy – the fretting breeze that worries ceaselessly at Peter Pabst’s white drapery set, the sad knowledge in the eyes of the women – the piece is also shot through with colour, light and dance.
Unfortunately, we’ve been here too often before with Bausch, and at times the straining for effect becomes frantic.
Masterful performances abound throughout the evening. Philip Hulford and Victoria Hoyland, in particular, impress in James Finnemore’s The Age weaving in and out of unison with an emphatic precision. Continue Reading
The dance is occasionally spectacular, particularly whenever the lightness of Shantala Shivalingappa is involved. She puts no apparent effort into a jump: it is more a mystical exercise in levitation. Continue Reading
There are few obvious jokes, and this is a more optimistic piece than most for their absence. Framed around a series of eloquently performed, gliding solo dances, it expresses a profound faith in the body, what it can express and what it can experience.
"In 2007 Pina Bausch and company were resident in Kolkata. Somehow it's apt that this elegant yet gritty part of the world should inspire an artist whose works could often be described in the same way." Continue Reading