Just got in from this at The Place.
“A choreographic collection of live performance, film and installation” curated by my friend Joe Moran. It’s on again tomorrow afternoon/evening. It’s free. Go and see it.
The live performance happens simultaneously in two studios, but pieces are repeated throughout the session. The bits I felt I got to see properly were Singular, On The Off Chance and The Swarm Quintet all in Space Two.
Of these, I was completely seduced by Singular – I felt like I could have watched it all night. Pairs of dancers intimately riffing off each other in a tremendous range of lines and shapes and rhythms while repeatedly moving around the room in sweeping circular paths. Most of all they made me think of young wild animals taking sometimes clumsy, but often breathtakingly beautiful steps and strides and crawls around the room, paying equal attention to where they were going as to what the other was up to. Charlie Ashwell and Stephanie McMann were the first pair I saw and I didn’t want them to stop.
Luckily they both also showed up in On The Off Chance together with Elisabeth Schilling, Rosalie Wahlfrid and Flora Wellesley Wesley, oh and a metronome. Words are useless – I gasped and ooohed more than once but mostly when a moment of order just popped up out of the apparent chaos – a straight line, walking suddenly in time with the beat, which then broke off again in little syncopations.
No really, go and see it, you can drop in for as much or as little as you like – 1pm to 9pm tomorrow, Friday 17th July, The Place (Flaxman Terrace entrance), 16 Flaxman Terrace, London WC1H 9AT Tube: Euston or King’s Cross.