Reviews for The Rodin Project
Russell Maliphant returns to the stage with a new work inspired by artistic subject matter - this time the sculptures of Auguste Rodin... Continue Reading
As a work in evolution, however, it promises fascinating things and represents a brave leap forward on Maliphant’s part.
The problem comes when the piece expands beyond the evocation of these fantastic tableaux, and the reason is very simple. Sculpture, even when it contains the infinite life of a Rodin, is a static finished product.
Inspired by the work of the French sculptor, with a fascinating cast who can do everything from hip hop to burlesque, the show spends too long in artistic poses.
As a spectacle, it is ravishing, and made even more so by the dreamy colour washes of Michael Hulls’s lighting, in blues, greens, pinks and moonlit silver. Yet the dancers seem trapped within their frame, and only rarely do they assert a distinctive presence of t…
With The Rodin Project, Maliphant has made something formal enough to satisfy the Académie, and sexy as (the Gates of) Hell.
The dancers hang, slide, tumble and contort themselves, while the choreography shapes a language of delight from a vocabulary of torment.