by GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
artistic director Katrín Hall
dancers Amanda Åkesson, Benjamin Behrends, Mei Chen, Tsung-Hsien Chen, Miguel Duarte, Zachary Enquist, Sabine Groenendijk, Mai Lisa Guinoo, Hiroki Ichinose, Janine Koertge, Valērija Kuzmiča, Rachel McNamee, Waldean Nelson, Einar Nikkerud, Riley O'Flynn, Duncan C Schultz, Endre Schumicky, Frida Dam Seidel, Lee-Yuan Tu, Christoph von Riedemann, Arika Yamada, Joseba Yerro Izaguirre
Sadler's Wells, London • 11-13.May.23
With a large company of dancers from more than 20 countries, Sweden's GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is known for its risky and ambitious productions. This programme at Sadler's Wells features two pieces that are strikingly different. Both are hugely demanding for large groups of performers: Skid takes the breath away with its daringly vertiginous approach, while Saaba is more tightly controlled and rhythmically seductive.
choreo Damien Jalet
set Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz
music Christian Fennesz, Marihiko Hara
costumes Jean-Paul Lespagnard
lighting Joakim Brink
Along the way, a story emerges of humanity dawning, learning, working together and finding ways to resist gravity or give in to it, leading to a climactic moment of rebirth that's properly jaw-dropping for its sheer physicality. And because this performance requires controlling something that's essentially uncontrollable, there are moments of improvisation along the way that add a wonderful edge, drawing us in further as these dancers climb and fall with elegant athleticism.
choreo Sharon Eyal
music Ori Lichtik; Daniel Stanfill, Nate Mercereau, Michael Milosh; Abde Wahab; Jean Nkoulou, Homere Zambo; Avaq; Erin Elisabeth Birgy
costumes Mria Grazia Chiuri
lighting Alon Cohen
The positions are so precise that every variation is immediately apparent, simply because one dancer swings their hips or lifts their wrist slightly bigger than the next one. This offers micro-moments of individuality interspersed with the larger, more deliberate ones. And it adds a slightly ragged detail to the otherwise pristine staging, leaving us to ponder what it might mean.
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photos by Lennart Sjöberg, Tilo Stengel • 12.May.23