For the main part 'Gravity Fatigue' is brilliant. There are times when it seems just bonkers but the ripe originality of it all is bound to come at a small cost... Continue Reading
Gravity Fatigue is spectacular in so many ways: in its hundred-plus costumes, its dazzle of set and lighting design and the virtuoso craft with which Chalayan and his choreographer, Damien Jalet, riff around their main theme: exploring the body in states of disorientatio…
Gravity Fatigue – a phenomenon that all dancers could be said to suffer from at some point or other – turns out to be a glossy, pacy, impeccably produced and gleefully pretentious piece of work for a comely, 13-strong scratch company, and with a very catwalkish sheen to it.
There are some fantastic coup de théâtre moments: the dress that moves by itself, twisting into new shapes as if possessed, like an haute couture version of Alien; or the thick wool overcoats that turn into fabulously glittery dresses.
The best sequence employs a floor in different textures and the cast acting as a human drum machine, bouncing up and down on a variety of surfaces.
It was only to be expected that Acosta’s new Carmen would be as expansive as his dance personality – unfortunately it’s expansive in all the wrong ways.
– not an all-out triumph, but another interesting step in Acosta’s career.
Review: Royal Ballet - Viscera/Afternoon of a Faun/Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux/Carmen - Royal Opera House
If you've ever been to a boxing bill where the undercard was more exciting than the main attraction, then you'll empathise with my feelings after this very mixed programme... Continue Reading
It's a highly textured work. Explosive pockets of frenzied activity morph into sequences of treacle-coated movement stretched over the restless, accumulating rhythms... Continue Reading
Barrowland Ballet’s 'Tiger Tale' may be for young audiences but at its core, it’s not really kid’s stuff... Continue Reading
Voronia is no picnic, and Morau’s references tend to the arcane. But if moral reasoning, virtuoso dance and dark-wave atmospherics are your thing, it’s a bracingly rewarding evening. As Morau makes clear, you have nothing to lose but your soul.
In so far as Walking Stories features choreographed activity to music and pays attention to the language of bodies, it’s reasonable to categorise it as dance. ButCharlotte Spencer’s work is equally a nature trail, a treasure hunt, a walking party and a piece of immer…