Three pieces, any of which are worth a trip around the world. “Techne” is breathtaking. Literally adrenalin injected straight to your heart, “Bye” is whimsical, clever and poignant. I suspect because of it’s content it will capture the headlines.
“Here and After” – choreography by Maliphant. This is life, the universe and everything. This is truth expressed line by line. It’s . It is as if she and Emanuela Montenari are your very chromosomes awakening. Beauty. It’s every adjective at once. Pick any one – charisma, sexuality, longing – I just don’t have the words…. just go see it.
A buzzing and packed Sadler’s Wells gathered to witness Sergei Polunin’s last performance in London (after his shock resignation from the Royal Ballet earlier in the week). There were notable gaps, for instance Andrei Merkuriev – absent because of visa difficulties. The programme was unbalanced, more circus than ballet. A box of different flavoured chocolates, rather than the themed banquet that we expected.
That said, some wonderful performances, individual but gorgeous. Igor Kolb in a workmanlike Le Spectre de la Rose, the most notable pink in his “bonnet de bain”. Polunin dazzling, powerful – a stallion, but with tenderness and feather touch in Narcisse (who chose this piece?). Ivan Putrov controlled and expressive both in Ithaka and Dance of the Blessed Spirits.
The work that will transform lives though was Afterlight (Part One). Daniel Proietto drew us with liquid grace to discover unsuspected emotions. The music of Satie forever transformed. The rest of the programme executed Men in Motion, this piece expressed the movement of mankind.