Oks ja Edur jahmatasid Londoni publikut
By Stuart Sweeney, Londoni tantsuajakirjanik, Postimees
Age Oksa ja Toomas Eduri graatsia ja tehnika, ennekõike aga ideaalne partnerlus on jätnud inglise balletile muljetavaldava jälje. Isiklikult pean nende etteastet Derek Deane’i «Luikede järves» üheks selle balleti põnevamaks rollitõlgenduseks üleüldse.
Oksa ja Eduri koostöö on leidnud tunnustust ka mitme preemia näol - viimati jaanuaris, kui Londoni kriitikud (Cri- tics’ Circle) neid rahvuslike tantsuauhindade jagamisel parima paari eriauhinna ja Toomas Edurit parima meestantsija auhinnaga pärgasid. vaata siit
For those of you whose Estonian is a little rusty, here is the English original of the article, which is a background and overview piece rather than a review. The article was translated by Tiit Tuumalu, who writes about dance for Postimees and whose work appears on CriticalDance translated into English:
Age Oks and Toomas Edur have made a great impact on UK ballet with their grace, their technique and above all the skill of their partnering, built up over years of dancing the classics together. For example, their performance in Derek Deane's "Swan Lake" remains one of my favorite interpretations of this work. In recognition of their popularity they have won many awards including a double success at the Critics' Circle Awards earlier this year.
Wayne McGregor has also enjoyed success with his innovative choreography for his Random Dance Company. He is also an award winner, including a prize from "Time Out" magazine for "Symbiont(s)", created for some adventurous dancers of the Royal Ballet in their free time. However, when we heard that Oks and Edur would perform his off-balance modern dance steps, some of us were surprised at this juxtaposition. Indeed, before they started work on the new commission, Age Oks told me that she was nervous at the prospect of the challenge ahead. However, after seeing the first few seconds of the new dance it was clear that there was nothing to fear, as Oks's long legs sliced through the air in complete confidence.
The premiere of "2 human" took place in early April when English National Ballet presented a mixed bill at London's Sadler's Wells theatre. McGregor has a reputation for working in an interactive way with his dancers and at her request incorporated much pointe work for Oks, while Edur's movement is more recognisibly in the choreographer's style of jagged undulations. For characterisation, McGregor decided to cast this affable couple against type. The costumes are punk inspired with Oks in a tiny black tutu and Edur in a tee-shirt and shorts. Their spikey hair and fury left many in the audience aghast at their transformation from classical elegance.
I found myself completely bowled over by "2 human" as the couple fight it out in a series of duets and solos to Bach's Violin Partita No. 2. The choreography for Oks dominates the piece from beginning to end with high octane spins and extensions and flouncing walks. Edur partners the complex, twisting moves with the care and sixth sense we have come to expect. The work is hugely enjoyable and following Cathy Marston's sad and beautiful "Tom and Viv" the two pieces form an excellent combination.
Although the shock was too great for some, several of the London critics were also impressed by "2 human". In The Guardian Judith Mackrell wrote, "The dancers twist the seemingly predictable lines of their fast-slamming moves into images of sudden beauty and emotion." For The Independent, Nadine Meisner was less convinced, "By halfway, the shapes begin to pall, suffering from a sameness of pace and texture." However, Donald Hutera in The Times commented, "....tailored to the artistry of ENB's star couple Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur, McGregor's short, sinewy duet exerts a kinetic and emotional fascination with its spiderishly precise choreography."
Given the loud applause at Sadler's Wells, it seems likely that Oks and Edur will enjoy further success with audiences in the UK and overseas with "2 human". I hope ballet lovers in Tallinn get a chance to see this exhilerating work before too long.
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