IT’S always a joy to see modern dance troupe Rambert, and here they offered three different and eclectic pieces that were evocative and entertaining.
First up was a 40-minute piece called Subterrain in which 10 dancers (five pairs) fill the stage with their sensual interplay.
While the intricate moves in this Ashley Page creation were entertaining, the piece as a whole never reached lift off, although the central pairing of Lucy Balfour and Adam Blyde was enthralling. Next was a 30-minute ensemble piece that reflected the 1960s youth culture to the aural backdrop of eight classic Rolling Stones songs: Little Red Rooster, Lady Jane, Not Fade Away, As Tears Go By, Paint it Black, Ruby Tuesday, Play With Fire and Sympathy For The Devil.
Each anthem was interpreted as an aspect of teenage sexual awakening with the lads strutting their stuff, jutting their chins and preening like young roosters while the feisty girls laid down some funky dance steps.
It was an energetic piece that entertained without getting the adrenaline going, especially given the music was so brilliant.
Rather than enthral about the dancing, in the final analysis I reflected on how great the Rolling Stones were before they became ‘corporate’ 35 years ago.
The final piece, The Castaways, was extraordinary.
We were transported to a world of dance/drama where 12 dancers existed in existential limbo and shouted a lot.
It was an intriguing 40-minute piece from start to finish and by far the pick of the bunch.
Set to the backdrop of 1950s songs (ranging from Yiddish and Latin to Asian), the castaways entertained themselves with folk-type dance scenarios that included war, lust, a wedding (a jilted bride) and murder.
Thankfully, there appears to be never a dull moment in hell.