Dance Review











Bridewell Theatre

30 July – 2 August 2008





1ary Couzens

A review by Aisha Walters for EXTRA! EXTRA!


On the flyer for Kaleidoscope a definition of the word is printed as ‘a complex pattern of constantly changing colours, shapes and forms.’ With twelve dances in total by six emerging choreographers Artelier tried to provide a night full of vastly different but equally vibrant movement pieces. Before each longer dance piece throughout the evening there was a one minute piece, both created to the same music track.

The first of these was choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, with dancers Amy Drew and Katherine Kingston seemingly running towards someone to say goodbye. There was a sense of urgency that was later displayed again in Runacre-Temple’s more substantial piece ‘Dirty Pretty Things’, Runacre-Temple’s interpretation of Oscar’s Wilde’s Tragedy. Dancers Amy Drew and Simon Lindsay worked to the point of exhaustion in nude tight fitting costumes, dancing in and out of boxes of white light, both dancers portrayed the anguish of the desire of beauty.

Anthony Kurt – Gabel’s minute piece satirised the work of Marcel Marceau with a mime artist dancing around the stage while a man with a paper bag over his head begged the artist to stop and the lights to be turned on. His longer piece ‘M4Medusa’ dealt with myth and reality. Grace Hann gave a great performance turning from stone to a floppy rag doll in seconds. Raymond Chai really showed off his dancers’ superb ballet technique in the last performance of the evening, ‘In the Night Garden.’ Dancers Jade Hale-Christofi, Carrie Johnson, Juan Pulido and Wei Wei Zhang, moved beautifully around the stage with poise and elegance. The skin tight costumes allowed you to see the superb physical form of the dancers, this notion of physical attractiveness was also explored in Chai’s first piece which saw a collection of good looking men strutting around the stage, winking at the audience. Celia Grannum was the only one to use dialogue in her work about the anticipation of a delivery (‘Once upon a Royal Male’). Both her pieces captured the playful nature of girls of a certain age where all innocence has not been lost.

Dancer Kirsty Arnold danced alone in Patience Vince’s ‘The Lament.’ Arnold’s tall stature and dynamic presence added to this piece recounting the loss of beauty. She swirled around the stage in a coloured robe at the beginning of the dance, the material of her dress elegantly moving with her. However by the last moments she was frantic, wearing little more than a torn white slip screaming for what once was. The precise emotions portrayed in this piece were a delight to watch. However, Christopher Marney’s work by far left the biggest impression. Both pieces dealt with the interdependencies in relationships.  The minute piece had dancers Kirsty Arnold and Henrdrick January bound by the waist and the second, ‘Something Borrowed’ saw Beatriz Pascual and Christopher Marney dance together in traditional wedding attire. Pascual looked fantastic when she entered the stage in a long flowing veil that covered the width of the room (designed superbly by Sofie Cornillon – Guerrero). Dancing within the lace train then finding her love, and him, wrapping her in the lace before the mood changed from first love to true love with a tender kiss. With this the tone of the dance altered and passion took over the stage which was flooded with yellow light and ‘September Song’ by Kurt Weill. Marney knew how to captivate the audience and choreographed a truly beautiful and moving piece of expression.

Kaleidoscope was a varied evening, which those who have little interest or knowledge of dance could enjoy. The bare set let the dancers transform the space with their changing shapes and through ever-changing lighting design by Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson. Marney’s choreography would be enough to make me go again. However Artelier should be commended for this performance which proves to be a very worthwhile showcase of promising talent.


Box Office: 07972 58 48 21

Tickets: £15.00, Concessions £12.50
Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane
London EC4Y 8EQ






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