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 Post subject: Re: Resolution! 2002 - we have lift-off
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2002 2:27 am 
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Image <BR><small>Meghan Flanigan</small><P>The latest reviews from Resolution! Time to look through <A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perflist.html" TARGET=_blank><B>the remaining shows</B></A> and see if any appeal. Or find a night that's free and take a chance. There's just one more week. Click on the dates for the reviews:<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0124.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Thu 24 Jan:</B></A> Villas Con Krilas/Meghan Flanigan/dance theatre red <P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0125.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Fri 25 Jan:</B></A> Laroque Dance Company/Fleur Darkin Dance/Christopher Tudor Dance Company<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0126.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Sat 26 Jan:</B> Sue</A> Hawksley/Tino Seghal/treX<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0127.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Sun 27 Jan:</B></A> Taras Burnashev/Max Barachini/B MOVIE <P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0130.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Wed 30 Jan:</B></A> Adam Benjamin and Dancers/Gelede Dance/Urban Collective <P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0131.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Thu 31 Jan:</B></A> Ascendance/Leo Kay/Genelily <P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0202.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Fri 1 Feb:</B></A> Artificial Horizon/Tees Dance Initiative/blue white <P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0202.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Sat 2 Feb:</B></A> L1/C.O.D Dance/Prang <P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0203.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Sun 3 Feb:</B></A> Bolstad/Corp Feasa Dance Company/Vitamin G <P> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 08, 2002).]


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 Post subject: Re: Resolution! 2002 - we have lift-off
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2002 7:08 am 
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Image <BR><small>Resistdance in 'Fractured - m' choreographed by Silke Z</small><P><B>Resolution! - Friday, Feb. 8th</B><P>Resolution! is a ‘thoroughly good thing’ and provides a vital platform for new ideas in contemporary dance. However, it is a lottery and some evenings can be disappointing. But this was one night that had the lights flashing for a bumper pay-out, as two of the three performances were beautifully crafted, distinctive works. <P>First off, German duo resistdance presented ‘Fractured – m’, choreographed by Silke Z. and the dancers. We saw an intense 30 minutes, which opens with Marco Jodes and Ricardo Pereira slowly approaching each other from opposite sides of the stage with unbroken eye contact. They hug and the strength of their attachment reaches out to the audience, but soon one man starts to struggle and break away. A strong start to a psychological investigation as their relationship is stripped layer by layer to reveal the incompatabilities and communication problems that place such a strain on their bond. The vocabulary of everyday and highly polished athletic dance movement is always interesting and harnessed to the themes of the work.<P>At the end, the relationship breaks down and one dancer repeats some earlier moves in an obsessive kinetic fashion while the second slowly walks around the edge of the stage. ‘Fractured – m’ is a rewarding, emotionally charged work that serves as a reminder that small, relatively unknown dance groups can sometimes score more heavily than their better known peers. <P>Next up was Blythe, Elsa Bradley and Lynette King, presenting ‘to’ by Ben Wright of Ricochet Dance. This also showed us a relationship struggling to work, albeit a less tortured one. The place in the programme didn’t help and ‘to’ never seemed to get going; perhaps there was a fatal flaw, as I found my attention was not engaged by the low key introduction at one side of the stage. As the piece gathered pace there were some fluid moves from the two performers, but the work never seemed to draw the audience into the world created on-stage. <P>Finally, the eight girls of Genau delighted everyone with ‘Absolutely J’, Choreographed by Akane, the creator opened the piece with monologue and movement describing her admiration for all things J, reaching a climax with Japan. In the main body of the work, there is a journey by a puzzled European through this oriental culture - a street game sweeps her up, a schmaltzy night club singer sends up the genre and there is the general problem of how to adapt to a society where conformity is such a priority. Eventually it proves too much for our stranger in a strange land, expressed by her removal of the J originally stuck on her tee-shirt to match her colleagues and her bold affirmation that B is her favourite letter. <P>‘Ab...J’ is witty and dynamic and in the final chair dance there are plenty of distinctive steps to keep our attention with high quality, well-rehearsed dance. I have a real soft spot for accessible, amusing work that also makes some serious points. ‘Ab…J’ would be a great taster for dance first-timers. <P>Overall, a fine evening of dance for which the Resolution! team, lead by John Ashford, can feel justly proud.<P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 14, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2002 11:20 pm 
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Review in the Evening Standard.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Resolution! is the Place's platform for new choreography, now in its 14th year. More than 100 companies are shown, with three appearing each night. Last night's programme - chosen at random - opened with Wired, by Combination Dance. Its theme is the impossible demands of urban life. As graphics play on a screen, four female dancers queue, mind the gap, obey customer announcements, shift chairs around and generally get frantic. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/dance_review.html?in_review_id=486104&in_review_text_id=460459" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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 Post subject: Re: Resolution! 2002 - we have lift-off
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2002 4:15 am 
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Image <BR><small>Catherine Seago & Dancers in 'Olos'</small><P><BR>The latest reviews from Resolution! Just click on the dates below to read them:<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0204.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Mon 04 Feb:</B></A> Girl/Boy Productions; Inka Hellå; Tangolab<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0205.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Tue 05 Feb:</B></A> Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre; A2; Catherine Seago & Dancers <P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0207.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Thu 07 Feb:</B></A> MAP Dance Co; Nomad; The Interpreters <P>Remember that you only have till Saturday 16th Feb to catch this year's presentations.<P>


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This review was posted in 'UK news and views' by rid and many thanks to her for sharing her views with us.<P>*******************************<P><B>Burnash and Dancers, Max Barachini and B Movie at Resolution! Sunday, 27 January.</B><P><BR>'Taras Burnashev' by Burnash & Dancers. Two sculptured beings, one placed in front of the other. Hands comb the limbs, hanging like ropes on an anonymous torso.<P>A boy and girl play with movement. Onlookers witness an emotional intensity, devoid of flirtation. Like two birds wrangling for food, ferocious at times yet relentlessly sympathetic of the other's need for depth, breadth and freedom.<P>The 'scratchings' begin to infest, picking moments to leek. The repetition is infectious; soon my skin feels the irritation. I begin to feel the layers of skin uncurling, disintegrated by the force of energy penetrating the air. A hitherto silent internal rhythm expands, delighting in the confrontation of the force of motion.<P>Dance. White and pure. Minimalist. However, the dance was all encompassing, flowing from a dialogue of symbolic waves of unison, discarding any detritus or modes of unnecessary movement. That is what makes the dance rather than a computerised text message on a screen.<P>The audience is confronted with individuals moving guilelessly through their body - possibly distant - but authentic nonetheless. It is not a script; there is no act to follow. Rather, the audience is an onlooker in a street, where reels of photography are exposed from the day's shoot. This is one of the talents of Burnashev and Buzovkina; their ability to show the essence of themselves, in their movement.<P>'16' by Max Barachini presented a direct contrast. From previously being immersed with the dancers, I became a distant spectator to an elusive 'joke' being played between Max and his crew. A body, twisted and turned like a mannequin dummy. Time for short movement, but dictated by 'Max,'a tall lanky figure, chewing gum. A TV is brought on with windsurfing filling the screen. A girl in a lab coat playing with mechanics. A mobile 'phone is set off. Max begins to joke with the audience.<P>The performance was a type of self-gratification, self-absorption that bends towards egoism. It has no other purpose other than it buoys up the self - but leaves the viewer simply bewildered as to the meaning of it.<P>B Movie - Memory by Deborah Tiso was no better. Why the need for a film? What authenticity does a film give? A figure lying curved by the side, illuminated by footage. Soon, four bodies interrupt, darting back and forth across the stage, gathering in confusion. Deranged ballet symphonies strain the atmosphere. What is the connection? Movement is 'stuck' together, unable to link thoughts. I am left wondering why there is a need to communicate this piece. It bears no vitality; it tries to but is content to be listless and jaded.<P>I am left with a mix of residue in my mouth in response to the evening. Dance has the ability to linger in one's memory. It has the ability to linger ... or fade with lethargy, even distaste. <P>


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Image <BR><small>Marie-Gabrielle Rotie in 'Flying Chair for Da Vinci'</small><P>The final round-up for Resolution! 2002. John Ashford, the Director of the Festival told me that he was pleased with the way it had gone and that over 70% of the seats were sold for the event, a remarkable achievement for this celebration of dance from new or developing dance companies.<P><B>Click</B> on the dates below for the reviews:<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Fri 08 Feb</B></A> Resistdance, 'Fractured Part two'; Blythe, 'To'; GENAU, 'Absolutely J'<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0209.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Sat 09 Feb</B></A> Maska Production, 'Suic in Suarc'; Marie-Gabrielle Rotie in 'Flying Chair for Da Vinci'; <BR>Aircraft, 'The Hypermorph'<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Sun 10 Feb</B></A> BAD Co, '2'; Heidi Rustgaard; Rahel Vonmoos 'A Shadow of Itself'<P><BR><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Mon 11 Feb</B></A> Caller Company, 'About Kissing'; Sarah Fahie with Shahla Tarrant, 'Telephone'; Adrenalin Dance Productions, 'I Look Great In Your Mirror'<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Tues 12 Feb</B></A> Combination Dance, 'Wired'; EdenWorks, 'Lost Girl Island'; Angélichi, 'PA+55-÷ION'<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Wed 13 Feb</B></A> Newness Dance, 'Talk Less'; The Dance Movement, 'A Little Stoned...'; Vissi d'arte, 'Salve Regina'<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Thurs 14 Feb</B></A> Fusion, 'Red Alert'; Amunekha Ghosh, 'The Wheel'; Blue Delta Dance Company, 'The Five and the Two'; Smallpetitklein, 'TV Dinner'<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Fri 15 Feb</B></A> Mart Kango, 'Start. Based on a true story'; Chard Gonzales, '...lons'; Smallpetitklein, 'TV Dinner'<P><A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/res2002/html/perf/0208.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Sat 16 Feb</B></A> VILLANELLA, 'XL'; Jem Treays, 'Walkie Talkie'; lonaeon, 'dynamic core'<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 24, 2002).]


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