An all-sorts celebration of the love of dance is Jérôme Bel's Gala at Sadler's Well's. A Paris-based choreographer and dancer, Bel is renowned for working with non-dance, using the style to create provocative and entertaining pieces of performance art, challenging convention. Which is what he does here, with this newly commissioned piece. Using an assorted ensemble of twenty Londoners of different dance skills and mixed levels of abilities not to mention shapes and ages. That's different for … [Read more...]
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BalletBoyz’ Them/Us at Sadler’s Wells
The first half of the show, a thirty-minute piece choreographed by the dancers is titled Them. It’s not boring because Balletboyz are fabulous dancers and for this reason, it’s enough to watch but the work itself feels shallow. It’s hard to work out what the point is except as a virtuoso display. The cube doesn’t add much either. Andrew Ellis, the lighting designer contributes occasional intense scenes of colour which are beautiful. The music composed by Charlotte Harding provides necessary substance to the work as it sweeps from gorgeous strings to strings with a driving beat that accompany the best section of dance, a virtuoso solo by dancer, Benjamin Knapper. Them has a running time of only 30 minutes which is just about right, not overlong.
Notwithstanding the limitations of Them the second half of the show, Us, after the interval is so satisfying you leave elated, amazed all over again by the impact of great contemporary dance when it happens in front of you again.
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It's a performance lecture, this new and innovative piece of text and movement created and performed by solo artist, Matthias Sperling. Reflecting, as it does, on the effects on art and humanity in general and, dance and choreography in particular, of the certainties being found about us in science's laboratories. The art visible here rests firmly on the foundation of work Mr Sperling has done with neuroscientists and psychologists. It has to be one of the more potent questions of our time. … [Read more...]
L-E-V OCD Love is performed by six dancers, three men, three women, dressed in black and flesh, performing in a black box of a stage. The opening is powerful. A male and a female dancing alone as a clock ticks, reminding that as they continue to miss each other time is finite. It will run out. Cello music plays. But then rest of the ensemble arrives. These parts of all the dancers together tend to be the weakest, when the energy level of the piece sags. All the choreography by Sharon Eyal … [Read more...]
A show of contrasting halves, the latest creation by Canadian choreographer, Marie Chouinard, Soft virtuosity, still humid on the edge, is uncomfortable, provoking and frustrating as the second, Henri Michaux:Mouvements, is a counterpoint of delight and rhythm and energy. Both use a screen but with notably differing degrees of success. In the first piece, the stage is dwarfed into insignificance by the magnifying screen which captures and projects nuance as it happens in an overly repetitive … [Read more...]
I have no idea what exactly it meant, but I loved it. YOUARENOWHERE is part gallery installation, part theatrical event as the physics of space and motion are rapidly filtered into those ever compelling universals of love and time. 'Will they get together?' (She doesn't need to date which means she's finally ready.) Haze drifts and lights flash as songs are sung and words fly while the audience is steered towards an optical surprise which acts both as metaphor and a call to action. (No … [Read more...]