grigorisgirl (grigorisgirl) wrote,
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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
Tags: alan rickman, photos, review
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