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LATITUDE 2016: Hofesh Schechter Company – tHE bAD

Choreographer: Hofesh Schecter
Venue: Dance On The Waterfront
Reviewer: Kris Hallett


Hofesh Schechter’s Company burst onto the Waterfront Stage in a blitz of gold that provides a counterpoint to the purplish hues of the Suffolk night sky as it turns from dusk to black. Presenting the middle section of the companies Barbarians trilogy tHE bAD it’s a piece that probes and questions and eventually, sets out a challenge for the hour to defeat its own turbocharged energy.

Created and rehearsed at night its five performers move with trance-like steps to dubstep beats. Schechter created this work as an exercise in not thinking, making a piece without agenda, but it is impossible to place a piece of art on stage without an audience inserting its own viewpoint onto it. My own reading was of lost nights when the patterns of the world blend into weird rhythmic patterns and you remember the night as one tumbling whole rather than unique individual moments. It’s a place of possibility, of attraction, of aggression, of survival of the fittest. Towards the end the five dancers twist and turn into each other as the stage is bathed in red a Bacchanalian challenge for the sunlight not to break through and end the moment.

The dancers of the company are as equally adept in the classical baroque sections that break up the bump and grind of the night. Without the other two sections to frame it, it becomes a showcase rather than a fully interpreted piece of art in its own sense but its dance that works as perfect festival fare performed by one of the world’s great companies.

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