Choreographer: Natasha Gilmore
Reviewer: David Doyle
Exploring bi-racial relationships, Whiteout, by Barrowland Ballet, is a pulsating and tender look at the complexities of relationships, race, and their intersection. Inspired by her own personal experiences from her marriage and as a mother, Natasha Gilmore’s choreography explodes on the stageand demonstrates why Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most successful contemporary dance companies.
Blending a new score from Luke Sutherland with some otherwell-known music, the piece successfully makes the work accessible to all audiences. The performances and choreography are expertly conceived and the piece has a tremendous energy to it. Live vocalisation adds another dimension to the work and brings a real dynamism to the show. Always engaging, the show manages to navigate complex themes in a way that is both illuminating and entertaining.
Sergey Jakovsky’s lighting adds depth to proceedingsand helps in the creation of an atmospheric mood that shifts throughout the piece. The show also utilises projection to help further the narrative, and the integration of technology into the piece is seamlessly executed. As dancer and projection meld into one at the end, the piece feels like it is reaching a satisfying climax.
Exploring a complex subject matter in a heartfelt and meaningful way, Whiteout manages to be a successful piece of dance theatre. Fusing some impressive choreography, imaginative uses of technology, as well as impressive vocalisation, the piece is a satisfying rendering of a personal journey exploring race.
Runs until 27August 2016 | Image: Contributed