The final image, in which all of Verona lies down in mourning for Romeo and Juliet, raising their legs in imitation of the lovers final pose, may be one of the oddest images you will see on stage. But it is vintage Ek in its power to haunt, to unsettle and to move.
The whole thing is danced with passion and panache, never more so than by Ana Laguna as the watchful nurse. Her scene with Mercutio and Benvolio, where she makes them jump over one another like circus tumblers, is the comic relief before the grim resolution…
There is much to admire in the ingenuity of Ek's interpretation, not least in the intriguing imagery that makes this a compelling - if not also, often infuriating - spectacle. Continue Reading
Like his mentor, Ross uses rich choreography to tell vivid stories and his three part showcase at Hackney Empire is a diverse mix of abstract, funny and hard-hitting dance. Continue Reading
More tightly integrated than their previous outing, there is an organic, holistic feel to this triple bill, as if each choreographer worked from the same blueprint
…they all seem to feature an awful lot of what I can only describe as slow unfolding, in which these muscular young men pour themselves over each other’s bodies with admirable weightless fluidity. It looks very nice but it is not quite enough.
In fact Metheus and The Murmuring are interchangeable, steps and music could be mixed and audiences would never know the difference. But as usual, the evening’s modern dance makers were lucky to have highly talented artists to work with.