The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud/ Dear Horizon/ Passchendaele/ Selon Désir, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Linbury Studio Theatre @ ROH - reviewed on 17th November
The Royal New Zealand Ballet presented a disappointing quadruple bill at the Linbury Studio Theatre. I reviewed and really enjoyed the company at the Barbican in 2011, but was left sadly uninspired this time.
|Mayu Tanigaito in Dear Horizon|
Photo: Ellie Richards
The evening's two centrepieces were created for a programme commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli landings earlier this year. Gareth Farr's commissioned score for Dear Horizon provided more interest than Andrew Simmons' classically-inspired choreography, though the moment when six men fell simultaneously backwards into their partners' arms stood out for its beauty. Neil Ieremia's Passchendaele was the bill's shortest piece (at just 11 minutes) and the most successful choreographically. In its emotive ending, female dancers embraced their male partners while they fell to the floor, before leaving their (dead) bodies motionless onstage as the final bars of music played.
The evening's conclusion - Selon Désir, which was originally created for the Ballet du Grande Théâtre de Genève - was my least favourite work. It featured a chaotic stream of rapidly swirling and leaping dancers (and their free-flowing hair) that was at odds with the accompanying Bach choral score, though it was performed with conviction and boundless energy by the company.