I haven't been to see modern dance before, in fact I've never been to see any dance before so this was a voyage into the unknown led by the siren sound of Alan Rickman's voice.
Eight pieces of dance some with text. The stage divided off with four large moveable see-through screens which formed squares, rooms etc. It started with Rickman behind a screen dressed in black shirt and suit reciting The Beginning
by Billy Collins which is literally the beginning of THIS
poem by Billy Collins. This poem is returned to in two later pieces - The Middle
and The End
. The second piece was Stirrings Still
. In the interval I commented to Lise that Alan's performance reminded me a lot of the quick, jerky reading of Samuel Beckett's Play
and then found in the programme that it was indeed Beckett, text HERE
In the sixth piece the text The Ashtray
by Raymond Carver, text HERE
The event ended with Self Assembly
text and (recorded) narration by Anthony Minghella. You can see a video of his piece HERE
So, did we understand the dancing? No, but did we enjoy it? Yes, it was wonderful to see people with such fluent bodies and movement and as Lise commented it was worth travelling anywhere to hear that voice performing.
A few comments and blurred photos tomorrow.HERE
are the best couple of shots of Rickman after the performance
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