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Review 2, 4-9: Belonging
Tracking Broken Moments with Scottish Dance Theatre
By Josephine Leask
Copyright 2004 Josephine Leask
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LONDON -- Scottish Dance
Theatre, Scotland's principal contemporary dance company, only visits
London once a year so it was a pleasure to be able to catch this
innovative and feisty company March 31 at The Place. Even more so
to see works by two charismatic European choreographers, Rui Horta
and Didy Veldman and one by the long term SDT associate artist,
New Zealander Sean Feldman. London can be a daunting place for non-London
based British companies to perform, as London audiences tend to
be super critical, but this group of nine strong dancers under the
artistic directorship of Janet Smith certainly held its own.
Veldman's "Track" is
a raunchy piece of dance theater which tests the skills of the dancers,
particularly their energy. The theme is that of 'belonging' and
'fitting in' and the restlessness that ensues in trying to achieve
these aspirations. It is a busy piece, with the dancers flinging
themselves into a variety of encounters in twos, threes or as a
group. The choreography is anecdotal and humorous, light yet intense,
making us see how absurd the process of 'being accepted' is, and
to what great lengths we go to get there. Masking tape is used in
abundance to mark out territories, public and private, as well as
to keep others in or out. One dancer wraps her semi-naked body in
tape in denial of selling her body on an imaginary street corner
while standing beside two tarty characters who clearly are. Lovers
and enemies meet, unrelated images flood on stage, fleeting snippets
of information leave us gasping for more. There are still moments
too, as when a male dancer lies down and ritualistically covers
his body with candles. "Track" is refreshingly unpredictable and
while challenging in its rapid relay of fragmented scenarios, brings
out the best in the dancers, making them look both confident and
animated and revealing them as strong technical performers. Philip
Feeney's uplifting operatic music score adds color and depth to
this work, making it a winner. The London audience thinks so too.
Rui Horta's duet "Broken"
is an unusual piece set against a backdrop on which is projected
a black and white film of what seem like millions of moving tree
branches. The effect of these shifting branches is mesmerizing but
creates a desolate maze-like infinitum which traps our gaze. Like
Veldman's piece, "Broken" seems to be about two people who do not
'fit.' They are two misfits who meet each other in off balance,
chaotic movements and touch each other but with resistance -- the
female dancer contacts her male partner with her pointy elbows,
hands folded up, like sticks. But one feels that this odd couple
depend on each other within the hollow world that Horta evokes,
as sometimes they merge into one organic whole as they twist round
each other's bodies in a lift or a balance. At the end of this short,
strange piece, the dancers leave the stage and we are left to contemplate
a close-up of the film of branches. We get lost in their tangled
chaos but I start to notice letters or human forms appearing as
the branches start to resemble calligraphy. Horta writes in the
program notes, "I like the audience to feel they are part of a process
of questioning and not just there to sit back and be entertained."
While we as an audience all have to work quite hard, we are free
to see in "Broken" what we like.
A more straightforward,
but equally riveting choreography is that of Sean Feldman's "Moment,"
an energetic game in which the dancers race to keep up with one
another. Communication and connection abound in this work. The performers
watch each other's every move as furtively as hawks, before pouncing
into action, hasty but always in tune. The pace is fast and furious
and the movement athletic and fluid, and the elegant silver costumes
are glamorous and compliment the choreography. Again, the theme
of "Moment" seems to relate to the other pieces in SDT's program;
it's a study in keeping up with the crowd and an exploration of
our competitive urges, but also a discovery of how we can be detached
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