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Review of Dreaming in Code at The Place London

Dreaming In CodeMilk Night
A frenzy of testosterone fuelled camaraderie formed the climactic middle point of this piece. “There’s a surprise!”… I hear your sarcastic responses to the image of an all male company. Yes, there were huge, athletic jumps; yes, they collided; and yes, they even postured, but that’s not all this company showed us. Eddie Kay created undertones of innocence, vulnerability and humour that left behind the common preconception this kind of cast may entail.

It was very clear that the six men were on a camping trip (the green tents gave it away), however this only formed the platform from which the supposition of a ‘world without women’ was launched.

Each, held unique, personal turmoil, all of which were analogous with a sense of loss and longing- despite this common connection the men create an intriguing atmosphere of awkwardness and unwillingness to offer comfort to their counterparts, often disappearing back into the tents at the crucial moments. This emotive element is successfully contrasted by a humour, found in moments such as a spontaneous break into toe-curlingly good disco dancing by Jack Humphrey, made even funnier by the sudden break of the male ego.

Lucid Grounds
Tamsin Fitzgerald made sure this piece was multi-dimensional. Striking lighting, set design and costume alongside movement which held the thrill of the full use of the body’s potential at its heart culminating in something that made me remember why I love dance.

Questioning of memories; a theme in this piece, manifested itself in phrases seemingly influenced by frustration and agitation and the six performers shared more pack movement. This unity of energy is mirrored by foil strips running vertically along the back of the stage which waver at the influence of a subwoofer and intensified the high energy created by the turbulence of the choreography, this was sustained, and left me wondering if there would be development, hence when the piece came to an end – it came as quite a surprise.

4 stars

Review by Hannah Mattinson

2FACED DANCE founded by Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald, is one of the UK’s leading, all male, urban dance companies whose brand new double bill, ‘DREAMING IN CODE’, at The PLACE on March 10th

‘DREAMING IN CODE’ presents milk night choreographed by Eddie Kay, movement director and former performer with Frantic Assembly, and Lucid Grounds choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald.

The evening opens with milk night, a thought-provoking piece of physical theatre punctuated by text that sees the cast thrown into a world of the unknown in exploring what it might be like to live in a world without women. How would men survive in such a world? What would be the greatest fear? What would they need to do so they don’t forget? milk night is performed on a set featuring three small tents, handheld lights and film projection; the movement language is alternately physical and tender, powerful and thoughtful, and a pop/jazz/funk soundtrack drives the action towards a poignant conclusion.

The second half of the programme presents the electric Lucid Grounds by award-winning choreographer and artistic director of 2Faced Dance Company, Tamsin Fitzgerald. Lucid Grounds is immediate: it grabs the attention and holds it for the 25 minutes of its very exciting existence. Lucid Grounds is skilful, strong, accomplished, controlled; Tamsin’s signature athletic choreography, performed by the five men clad in coats that look as if they’re made from liquid mercury, is set to a filmic soundtrack by two of the country’s most exciting composers, Angus MacRae and Tony-nominated Alex Baranowski. The lighting is atmospheric, the set of foil mirrors ranged across the back of the stage simultaneously augments and distorts the action…breathtaking.

Tour Dates
11/02/2015 Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey
24/02/2015 Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds
26/02/2015 Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
04/03/2015 – 07/03/2015 DanceXchange, Birmingham
10/03/2015 – 11/03/2015 The Place, London
13/03/2015 – 14/03/2015 Dance City, Newcastle
17/03/2015 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
19/03/2015 Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
20/03/2015 The Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple
24/03/2015 Malvern Theatres, Malvern
25/03/2015 Corn Exchange, Newbury

DREAMING IN CODE
Lighting Design James Mackenzie
Costume Designers Garance Marneur & Susan Kulkarni
Dancers: Jason Boyle, Jack Humphrey, Chris Knight, Luke Rigg, Ed Warner
http://www.2faceddance.co.uk/touring-show/dreaming-in-code/

Thursday 12th March 2015

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