The Dance Roads performances that took place at Chapter last Thursday and Friday received a glowing review and a whopping 5 stars from Arts and Culture journalist Mike Smith.
THIS show was as satisfying as it was stimulating; showcasing what can be created when you give five very individual choreographers from different countries the freedom and support to develop new works.
Dance Roads Open Process started life at Chapter, Cardiff last September. Now we could enjoy the finished works from Canada, France, Wales, Italy and the Netherlands. Presented by Coreo Cymru and Chapter, if the programme had been devised to give audiences a mixed evening of stylistically extremely varied works it could not have been better achieved.
Canadian choreographer/performer Sarah Bronsard began the evening with a solo work, Ce Qui Emerge Après (4KG) that started off visually intriguing with what looked like a flamenco dress almost as a mask hanging from her face. Once discarded, the dance vocabulary moved into the Andalusian dance form with ravishing effect, with robotic clicking sounds giving way to the intense sounds of her shoes beating the floor.
Italian choreographer/performer Andrea Gallo Rosso and his dance partner Manolo Perazzi dominated the space with a glorious duet of physical interaction that was muscular and lithe, exploring the relationship between the two bodies although without eye contact and rarely front to front contact. This was an instantly accessible work.
French choreographer Teilo Troncy’s work Je Ne Suis Pas Permenant, performed by Pauline Buenerd, was an emotional and physical tour de force. Buenerd moved in silence in a mime style that gradually increased in intensity and seeming insanity. When music kicked in the effect was wildly cathartic leaving the audience as breathless as the performer.
A Double Act, the work from Wales’ representative Jo Fong was a witty conceit, turning the tables on the audience. Performers Beth Powlesland and Laura Lee Greenhalgh talked to us about their work, what worked and what didn’t with dance gestures. The nervousness and self-doubt of the performers was beautifully communicated with much gentle humour.
The final work was a bold duet from The Netherlands’ Jasper van Luijk, performed by Mitchell-lee van Rooij and Jefta Tanate – a dark work where the almost martial arts taught movements of one dancer were mirrored by the initial stillness and calmness of his partner. Ultimately the two men moved together until the conclusion when lights were closed in on the lifeless body.
Already seen in Montreal and Bordeaux, this was an evening of fresh international work that really should not be missed before the tour moves on to Turin and Arnhem.