Choreographers: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas
Reviewer: Peter Jacobs
Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas are two UK-based dance artists, trained at LCDS-The Place in London and currently based there as part of the Work Place artists-in-residence programme. Idiot-Syncrasy is the kind of work that threatens to unravel with too much explanation. This is a show of progressive accumulation, of deceptive simplicity and concealed complexity. The pair sing, before slowly starting to jump – or, more accurately, bounce- and they do this with seemingly-effortless persistence before the movement evolves into becoming more expansive, before dissolving further yet into a tender exploration of male intimacy, which finally spirals out again towards a simple yet satisfying conclusion.
Igor and Moreno face the audience – the house lights remain up throughout – with unflinching honesty and wry warmth, connecting directly on an individual level and blurring the invisible barrier between stage and audience. This is rather disconcerting at first, but moments of humour, their steadfast but non-threatening persistence and the openness and generosity that pours from their eyes draws you in and there comes a point at which what had seemed strange has become utterly compelling and mesmerising: a necessary act of sharing.
Simple staging (by Kasper Hansen) and a sparse but quietly-insistent soundscape (by Alberto Ruiz Soler) meld with Seth Rook Williams’ subtle and effective lighting design to create a production of understated quality. Igor and Moreno’s simplicity of movement almost-reluctantly reveals the solidity of the dance training that underpins performance that simultaneously looks effortless and yet is a work of accumulated exertion and endurance. The repetitive beat of their feet creates an individual soundtrack within your consciousness, as a personal connection is established between viewer and performer: their charming demonstration of perseverance, trust, tenderness, strength and generosity steadily unpicks the threads of resistance that divides.
Idiot-Syncrasy is synchronous but far from idiocy. It is an evolving exploration of strength, unity, humour, hope and tenderness that is unexpectedly life-affirming. Let them in and you will feel the love. It’s a wonderful thing.
Runs until 11 June.