This blog has obviously been on the back burner (charred and overbaked) for a long time coming…
A year ago today I wrote my very first dance review, that got published (that is, by someone other than myself)!
I applied for Resolution! Review more to see if I’d be any good – I’m not sure that I know the answer to that yet, a year on. But it’s certainly been a stepping stone to a different world – of wonderful, very clever dance lovers and wordsmiths.
I thought it’d be apt to look back at the reviews I wrote at Resolution! last year (as this blog will also serve as an archive of my past work).
Here’s my review from Resolution! January 10, 2012
CoDa Dance You Remind Me of Someone I Once Knew
Hamish MacPherson & Martine Painter Meeting Place
DO NOT DANCE UK Local Group
A despairing situation often forces people to have a different perspective on time. You Remind Me of Someone I Once Knew is a poignant portrayal of the most intimate frustrations and fears that are evoked in such forlorn circumstances. Kimberley Collins and Georgia Godfrey begin the piece curled up tightly on the floor, moving slowly in circles, mirroring the movement of hands on a clock with the passing of time. The pair repeatedly threw themselves to the floor in anguish, only finding temporary solace in each other’s embrace.
Mathematics and dance seem to be unlikely bedfellows, yet Hamish MacPherson and Martine Painter’s duet has found a Meeting Place for the two. The piece reflected a thoroughly considered approach, building up a number of simple movements in a formulaic way. In spite of the seemingly rigid structure it is based on, Meeting Place had a certain refreshing, unrehearsed quality. The choreographers-turned-performers were delightfully unpredictable as they engaged in playful dialogue with each other, boldly sustaining moments of stillness and amplifying the humour in the occasional and apparently coincidental moments with their deadpan faces and absolute conviction.
An alien being detained at Earth’s border without a visa is the centerpiece of Jose Campos’ Local Group. Benson the alien, who resembles a cross between a scarecrow and a monkey, shrugs its way through questions posed by two stern immigration officers, revealing it to be a fifteen year old high school student. This puzzling exchange is followed by two dancers wearing cone hats of their height, bending very slowly to lively tribal drumming. The work is bookended by an ensemble of dancers moving in various permutations around the stage, repeating the same sequence so many times that I was willing them to stop.
Published on Resolution! Review alongside Lyndsey Winship (@lyndseywinship).
Enjoy, reminisce, cringe! (Actually, it’s a little better than I remember!)