The Life and Times of Girl A & NQR
Scottish Dance Theatre
The Lowry, 23 March 2010
For this evening’s performance, Scottish Dance Theatre delivered a choice double-header.
The first offering involved a neat conceit: ‘The Life and Times of Girl A’ was a dance piece that pretended to be a film. Solene Weinachter took the lead role, setting out the narrative with considerable panache; she held one’s attention completely. And the final dance, with all the dancers moving as one, was mesmerising. On one reading, Girl A’s story was about the intrusion of a dread reality in a romantic dream.
We then saw ‘NQR’, a piece that was quite different in character. The title is an acronym of ‘Not Quite Right’, a formal medical term which is apparently used to describe unexplained difference. In it, dance occurred amidst a curious landscape of what seemed like luminous coffins, rectangular boxes in which we are perhaps all expected to fit.
Only the rarity of disabled and non-disabled dancers appearing on stage together leads one to remark that it occurred during the performance of this piece. Clearly, it should happen regularly or as a matter of course.
Overall, an excellent evening of dance that was thought-provoking, immersive and effortlessly entertaining. More please.
Scottish Dance Theatre is at The Lowry again tonight and touring throughout the UK until the end of May. Details here.