Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh, Barak Marshall &Christopher Bruce
Music: Gabriel Prokofiev, Robert Millett &The Rolling Stones
Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell
This performance in three acts shows the skill and diversity of the company now known as Rambert. Danced bare foot, Terra Incognita gives a real sense of both togetherness and separation, of having and longing, changing like the ebb and flow of the waves. Dancers glide from solos to duets to groups, supporting one another like a sail supports a boat through sea. The piece is based on the idea of the movement through maps and the sea, which is apparent in its style, but it also strongly shows how this affects group dynamics and how some struggle to depend on others, some struggle to stand- alone and crave another and how some groups compliment one another yet others are explosive. It is staged and costumed minimally but effectively and compliments well the music by Gabriel Prokofiev.
The Castaways is just genius. The idea is that this group has been brought together joined by the common element of their flaws. The dancers use narrative, which they deliver superbly. The stage is minimal but effective with one communicating point to the outside world: a large vent. There are extremely comical moments in this section, as each character tells their tale. The characterisation works well because of the diversity of the dancers. The music covers “a wide sweep”, it is music to dance to and dance they do. The vintage costume design is colorful and convincing complimented by clever props. The dancers all play their parts from the passionate Latin lovers who flirt by rowing to the endearing young romantics.
The show’s title piece Rooster is magnificent in colour and choreography. The music of the Rolling Stones lends itself well to dance in it’s over exaggerated style and makes points about the social culture of the day. The dance sequences are dynamic and timed perfectly. This is a memorable work, packing a powerful punch.
In all three pieces there are dancers who stand out in either solo sections, duets or group work, especially note-worthy are Simone Damberg Wurtz and Miguel Altunaga. Rambert takes seven different numbers on this tour and alternates at different venues. Personal taste will dictate that some will appeal more to some audiences but there is so much in each piece that it should have mass appeal. This is definitely a triple treat for the ticket price.
Runs until Sat 29th November then touring