Poignant, funny and outrageous dance theatre, as entertaining as it is life affirming
Francisco Hidalgo’s solo tingles with passion as he shimmies at incredible speed. These moments of pure Flamenco are the saving grace of the show, as is Kathak dancer Ash Mukherjee, who twirls his body in a swirling storm.
Configured for the vast auditorium of the Royal Albert Hall, it features no fewer than 60 swans. When they make their first entrance, wave after wave of them, it’s awesome. To see them move and breathe as one is also profoundly touching.
Director Drew McOnie is a musical theatre whizz, and this is his first major show for his own company. A clever choreographer of unstoppable energy, his dance is full of wit, zip and zest, and a lot of leg.
Obsidian Tear is full of jumps and curves and classical poise, its all-male cast moving with muscular fluidity, like balletic samurai, to the swell and retreat of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s score.
The Barbican concert hall was packed with a largely Slovakian, hugely appreciative crowd for what was, at times, a bewilderingly energetic display of folk fantasia... Continue Reading