Monday, May 18, 2009

 

The Art of Not Looking Back 15/5

A world premier from this Brighton Dome-based dance company, led by affable Israeli Hofesh Shechter, this was a stunning piece of work for six female dancers. Opening with a spoken narrative of childhood abandonment by his mother, the dancers performed faultlessly in unison in a tightly choreographed piece to a soundtrack of cut-up electronica, Bach and spoken word.

The physicality and precision of the dancers' moves was astounding in a beautiful piece with an underlying darkness. It's always hard to impose a narrative or decide what a work like this is 'about' but debate raged in the pub afterwards with fellow audience members as we'd all interpreted it in different ways – probably all of us wrong!

This is the first time I've seen Shechter's work and while modern dance is often a 'difficult' medium, I'm sure he'll be winning hearts and minds through amazing works like this.

**** UPDATE: This show won 'Best International Act' at the Latest Festival and Fringe Awards

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