Artist(s): Sadler’s Wells -National Youth Dance Company
Choreographer:Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Venue: The Waterfront Stage
Reviewer: Nicole Evans
Having had a great presence at this year’s festival, Sadler’s Wells wraps up its offerings on The Waterfront Stage by presenting the National Youth Dance Company and their performance of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Framed.
With 30 dancers on stage some carnage regarding space constraints is expected but the awareness of area of each and every performer is quickly apparent as they weave in and out of each other, narrowly avoiding contact in a slick, deliberate and artistic fashion. This is further demonstrated in a martial arts-esque fighting routine where movement and musicality go hand in hand in perfect harmony.
On stage are three metal framed hollow cubes thatstart as simply providing a performance space with a difference but end up becoming a moving arena, which several dancers expertly manoeuvre around while keeping perfect time as the frames are lifted, rotated and carried around the stage.
A cleverly executed lesson in Neuroscientific Philosophy is something we certainly don’t expect and as two extremely confident company members deliver an outstandingly timed speech about how neurons and empathy of touch unites the human race, the rest dance behind them artistically illustrating the points being made.
We Need A War gradually builds up to the whole troupe moving around the stage, one by one becoming lifeless until only the last person remains. Lost and confused, he drags two bodies around the stage, the pair appearing to relax every muscle while being completely in control of their bodies in an emotionally moving final contemporary piece that brought a tear to many an eye involving the company making a woven human hill for him to climb atop.
A staggering contemporary performance by NYDC that amazes and entrances every single person watching and well deserves the standing ovation it receives. With the noise of Latitude it’s often hard to fully concentrate on the smaller events but the company take you away on a journey to another world, completely immersedand make you forget there is anybody else there.
Hauntingly beautiful, expertly choreographed and spectacularly executed. If these guys are the future of dance then I definitely want to be here to witness where they take it.