Where: Inner London
7 October 2010 WOS Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews In Americana, The Yorke Dance Project presents three short dance pieces inspired by the Land of the Free. Post Etiquette is an amusing morsel on manners; Home on the Range is a fairly rotten piece on American symbolism that lacks any real ideas. Cowboys? Line-dancing? Guns? Yellow Taxies? A list of the most obvious cultural references? Is this the best you can do?
By contrast the final piece, City Limittless, is a real gem. Loosely inspired by Kerouac, Ginsberg and the Beats, City Limitless is elegant, witty, emotional and smart. The spirit of rebellion and freedom is perfectly captured by Yorke-Edgell’s chorography, combining period moves with modern dance. Of all the performers,
Caroline Lynn in particular is absolutely luminous between the black walls of the BT. The twisting free-association of Kerouac’s narration of On the Road and Ginsburg’s A Supermarket in California are present in the soundtrack and a film of slowly evolving landscapes shot by David McCormick provides the backdrop.
The end result is tremendously lovely and a lot of fun. The same exuberance and intoxication that one gets from first reading the Beats as a teenager comes screaming off the stage. It may have only lasted around a half and hour but I could have stayed there all night. I’ve never felt more sick for a return to the USA as when I walked out into the street.
- Josh Tomalin
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