There are some stunning visual images in Masquerade, the new dance theatre piece from Colchester-based Tilted Productions. It is devised by the company's artistic director Maresa von Stockert and inspired by sleep and dreams, not necessarily pleasant ones. Just as with most of those nocturnal reveries which linger into the harsh light of next morning, one sequence morphs into another and the comfortable disintegrates into the disturbing.
A gleaming black floor reflects the action and the not-so-inanimate objects which punctuate it. As with any such reflection, there is distortion on more than one level. So a simple white duvet whirls itself into a farthingale and then extends as the female performer is raised aloft by two of her partners. A girl suddenly dances with three legs or appears with a reversed face mask. A young man loses part of his clothing, apparently in an arbitrary fashion. Disembodied heads, arms and hands attach themselves at will to unwary recipients. A shimmering dark slug of fabric both disgorges and engulfs unwary sleepers.