Jan De Schynkel
By Stephanie Ferguson for The Guardian
The men tilt backwards awkwardly, tripping along on the balls of their feet. The women distort their faces, pulling their noses up and lips down into obscene slits.
The bizarre side of human physicality fascinates Belgian choreographer Jan De Schynkel. His new work for his talented company, Bark Dance Productions, pushes movement in surreal directions. Bodies are twisted, flung and swung into improbable contortions.
Now Blind Yourself is a multimedia work featuring art installation, theatre, ballet and contemporary dance. Just the dance section was shown in Leeds. It is a compelling mix of balletic beauty and off-the-wall grotesquerie. click for more