20th January 2016
Lizzie J Klotz To Suit
Maria Fonseca IDADE
What is Written Dance Company Dialect of War
On the face of it, To Suit is an amusing and playful discourse. Some engaging moments see Alys North and Charlie Dearnley stood still, crying out and shrieking- an allusion to Lizzie J Klotz’s investigation
of animal courtship- which greatly amuses the audience. However,
somewhere between putting two fingers up to the man and disco dancing to
a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, Klotz seems to lose her way. To Suit has a great deal of potential, but needs a little more coherence.
‘I never sin halfway’ remarks Anne Burgi, as she admits to her guilty pleasures of ice cream and chocolate. And indeed Maria Fonseca’s refreshing examination of ageing in IDADE is thoroughly considered. Fonseca plays the role of a curious young woman, while Burgi
muses on the revelations of maturity. The women are inseparable in
their connection. They slip between crisp gestural phrases and quirky
counterbalances, gently shifting one over the other’s shoulder or hip.
Overall, IDADE is honest and frank in discussing the happiness and fear that comes with the inevitability of ageing.
With its fusions of contemporary and hip-hop, What is Written Dance Company’s provocative performance of Dialect of War
ended the night on a high. An uncertain opening of flashing lights and
jarring floorwork thankfully gave way to a high energy performance. Sia Gbamoi and Viviana Rocha
move in crisp unison, executing percussive isolations muddled with
loose-limbed, whirling arms. Shifts in lighting, pounding music and
changing spatial formations create a well-rounded work. There is a sense
of struggle, as the dancers push against their own exhaustion and the
driving rhythm of David Devyne and Jean Pierre’s original score. The tone remains primal throughout, reflecting the strength communities call upon in the struggle for survival.
See the official review posted on The Place's Resolution Review! Blog here: http://www.theplace.org.uk/blog/resolution-review-2016/tues-19-jan-lizzie-j-klotzmaria-fonsecawhat-written-dance-company