Get it on, bang a gong
By John Perciaval for The Independent (Ithink we can be confident that he is not responsible for the headline).
At last, the Royal Ballet has jumped on Mark Morris's enticing bandwagon, making it the fourth British company to do so. Gong, which opens the new season, doesn't have the sublimity of Morris's three big dance productions for English National Opera, but will surely prove more durable than his pieces for London Contemporary Dance or the Royal Opera. It is colourful, tuneful and – for this company – packed with unusual dance.
Gong was created last year for American Ballet Theatre. The music, which is always fundamental to a Morris ballet, is Colin McPhee's Tabuh-Tabuhan, a toccata for orchestra and two pianos composed in 1936 under the inspiration of Balinese gamelan. It could do with more inspired conducting, like the rest of the programme, but the score is unusual, attractive and rewarding; lively in rhythm, rich in texture. click for more