‘To me, its hardline puritanism spoke of a dissociation from a wider audience in favour of a private conversation with a like-minded few.’
As with those other Colker affairs, there is minimal and predictable movement, no development or emotional force to the action (or rather, inaction), witless costuming and an exasperating accompaniment.
‘Dear Sue Davies: I have watched and admired your work from the very first. Now, here you are in a ravishing place that is tribute to your gifts, to your beautiful dances, and to your grace of spirit. You have my vast gratitude and my vast affection.’
‘What I didn’t get from In Plain Clothes was much emotional involvement.’
‘Intense and intelligent, meticulous and beautiful, it’s a privilege to be able to watch these performances so closely.’
‘At times the effect is mesmerising: when it seems as if the dancers are paired with an invisible elastic that opens their bodies like a morning stretch; or when a sudden synchronicity brings them together. But at others Davies’s fascination with fragmenta…
‘Davies and her dancers walk, sigh, whistle; you wouldn’t guess that gardening or surgery had been involved.’