Scottish Dance Theatre
By Sanjoy Roy for The Guardian
Eight figures in backless, white lab coats are walking up the side of a building when a woman sees them through her office window and says: "Isn't that Scottish Dance Theatre?"
Actually, the story we are told is pure fabrication: they are just walking across a bare stage. But it is Scottish Dance Theatre, in Tom Roden and Pete Shenton's Revenge of the Impossible Things, a blithely comic game of make-believe. We are shown an experiment in flying (man remains supine) and a couple in a Rome cafe or lying in a field (they sit, they lie). Action and narration are kept firmly apart. When the dancers, happily rabbit-hopping, are joined by a man in full rabbit costume, the intrusion on their illusion is too much, and he is summarily shot, off stage. The piece is fresh and funny. click for more
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By Debra Caine for The Times
LIKE every other British dance company, Scottish Dance Theatre is searching for the choreographers of tomorrow. And under Janet Smith’s direction, the Dundee-based troupe showcases new commissions all the time. For its visit to London last week, Scottish Dance Theatre bravely presented three new works, two of them created by the prizewinners of this year’s Peter Darrell Choreographic Award.
Victor Quijada’s Self Observation Without Judgement is an edgy dance in plimsoles that explores shifts in movement as well as in mood. Quijada is a breakdancing kid turned ballet dancer (now based in Montreal) who brings a diversity of disciplines into his piece, set to a sombre soundscape of Pachelbel, Debussy and Poulenc. click for more