Joe Landini '4 Stories,' Pasgetti 'Going Nowhere Fast,' Satu Tuomisto Dance 'Toxic'
by Katie Phillips
February 3, 2004 -- The Place, London
"4 Stories/Beauty" by
Joe Landini aims to deal with the elements of beauty and inherent loneliness
-- simple themes that are only just constrained within this seventeen
minute piece. Beginning with a shrieking soundscape, screeches, scratches,
and squeaks are soon controlled by a smooth, temperate guitar melody.
The movement is slow, controlled, and melancholic with tiny, flinchy details
locking up the larger movements. Blue flickering lights give a taste of
moonlight; darkness combined with a warm, earthy weightiness alludes to
a summers evening -- the dancers, glowing white like stars, seem illuminated
and detached. All this is cross wired with the sound of intimate dinner
party chit-chat and is segregated by projected quotes about beauty and
the soul. A duet exploring social politics is juxtaposed with a solo;
dancers run past the solitary dancer, adding to sense of remote loneliness.
Furthering this idea of aloof seclusion and solitude, we are presented
with a singing drag queen -- an alternative image of beauty and false
Katie Phillips' article was written for Resolution! Review on the Place's website. For more, click here: Resolution! Review