Michael Clark Company (UK) - Double Bill
From: Wednesday, 17th October 2012
To: Saturday, 27 October 2012
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Clark is renowned for reflecting the interests and obsessions of his generation through a blend of provocative music, striking design and startlingly implosive energetic movement. This full-length piece features four extraordinary dancers.
19 October 2012
A sinewy dancer dressed in black floats from the heavens. His eyes are closed, his limbs alert and his face glows with euphoria. There's an audible catch in the audience's collective breath as the dancer - Harry Alexander - unfolds himself limb-by-limb into a pool of bright light that spills across the floor. 'You're in the presence of Michael Clark', his movements seem to say. 'Get ready'.
But the highly-charged absurdist aesthetic that we've come to expect from Britain's enfant terrible of dance - the kind that goads and probes its squirming audience - never quite eventuates. The climax never comes. And this is disappointing because otherwise, Clark's New Work 2012 is a highly watchable piece of dance that unifies his technical ballet training and experimental nature while satiating the audience's expectation for a multi-sensory performance. But shock-factor? Zero.
The first half mimics the motions of a ballet class, minus the barre and satin shoes. Es...
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