By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian
Silver Celebration was programmed to commemorate Dance Umbrella's. 25th anniversary. On paper, it looked like a party with the perfect guest list. On the night, though, the guests either turned up in the wrong mood or the wrong outfit: the evening just didn't gel.
Most of the featured artists were Umbrella old-timers. Sara Rudner, who danced in the opening festival, retains her aura of wayward serenity. In HeartBeat she revives the 1983 experiment in which her body is wired to a monitor that amplifies her heartbeat as she moves. It's an idea rich in potential drama - the heart hammering as the dancer pushes herself, pulsing as she rests. Yet the doodling moves to which Rudner confines herself underuse the technology, barely raising her heartbeat above a steady thud. click for more