A variable evening of platform performances of contemporary dance from emerging choreographers.
Taira Foo's company HINGED offered a high-octane, narratively driven piece based on RAINMAN. The instantly recognisable Charlie and Raymond Babbitt translates perfectly into the medium and the piece is a real highlight of the evening. Foo's energy is infectious, humorous and is set into fine relief by her deft handling of the pathos inherent in the story of the relationship between the two mismatched brothers. 11 dancers fill the stage with vibrancy and the twenty five minutes of the piece leave the impression that a fully realised version would certainly be worth seeing.
The evening's other highlight was ACCOMPLICES performed and choreographed by Camila Gutierrez and Ffionn Cox-Davies. Inspired by contact improvisation, the piece is a five minute wonder of ever-increasingly dynamic, complicated and breathless lifts and turns. The dexterity and intensity with which the performers imbue the piece with an urgency and passion which communicate directly to the seat of the audience's emotion. That the two of them are still students is almost unbelievable.
Cesilie Kvernland's (parentheses) described in the programme as not confirming to assumptions, expectations and patters. An outsider. () - as such I felt excluded and did not understand.
Darren Royston's Nonsuch Dancers gave REXESEXUS: TUDOR DIRTY DANCING. A sly, witty look at the unspoken messages offered in formal dance. Royston himself, an accomplished speaker and dancer, leads his company as they explore the seamier side of the dance with varying degrees of indulgence