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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veradee From: veradee Date: June 28th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like an interesting evening, and your photos are lovely. I'll read the texts tomorrow. I need to be fully awake if I want to have a chance at understanding poems.
grigorisgirl From: grigorisgirl Date: June 28th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes it is very late and I must go to bed too.
amber_dragon_64 From: amber_dragon_64 Date: June 28th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much, it sounds as though it was an interesting and enjoyable evening, I wish I could have made it. Thank you again for sharing I look foward to hearing more about the event. :-)
monicarnsg From: monicarnsg Date: June 28th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for sharing with us. Looking forward to tomorrow's update.
rickmarvelous From: rickmarvelous Date: June 28th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks so much for this account, sue - it sounds like quite an interesting performance, wish i could've seen it!
catsplay From: catsplay Date: June 28th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds quite lovely! So he read all of these pieces? I'm looking forward to more details *abouthim*cough*

Glad you got to see him!
From: kinwad Date: June 28th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely report, Sue! It sounds as if it was a wonderful evening, albeit slightly enigmatic! Your photos are wonderful.
brandi1498 From: brandi1498 Date: June 28th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
noipeh From: noipeh Date: June 28th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I was hoping someone would see it, thanks for the great report!
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bosworth_field From: bosworth_field Date: June 29th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks,Sue.An intriguing evening. It sounds as if different poems were read from when Juliet Stevenson and Miranda Richardson performed?
Great to have your report.
captivebird From: captivebird Date: June 29th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
This sounds fabulous. Modern dance is so expressive, and I can imagine dancers interpreting the rhythms and emotions of these pieces of poetry and prose. Thank you for posting the links to all the texts. : )
2bangzoom From: 2bangzoom Date: June 29th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy to see you are keeping up with your vow to see Alan Rickman at least once every year (but this is more than once this year already, isn't it?)
Looking forward to hearing more.
grigorisgirl From: grigorisgirl Date: June 30th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, saw him at Sweeney Todd in January so I've already exceeded my average!;)
me_pirateship From: me_pirateship Date: June 29th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :-)
I'd sooooo have loved to be able to go and see that! (Well, end of school year stress... train-plane-train-bus there, seeing the performance and back to Southern Germany right afterwards AND having to take a lot of work with me - report time - wouldn't have been enjoyable.)

Looking forward to your entry.
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