By David Dougill in The Sunday Times.
At the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Australian Dance Theatre, on its first London visit for many years, presented Birdbrain, by the director-choreographer Garry Stewart — a curious, intermittently compelling essay in deconstructing Swan Lake, performed to thumping techno music with occasional incursions of Tchaikovsky.
Here again, there is a blend of dance styles — ballet movement, segueing into gymnastics and break dance, all done with fierce attack by a company of great strength and stamina. They are also adept at the quick-changing of white T-shirts labelled with the names of Swan Lake’s characters, and also concepts — such as “peasant joy”, “more pointless revelry”, “despair”, “doom”, even “drama queen”. click for more