Random Dance

The Lowry, 27 March 2012

Photo by Ravi Deepres

Very beautiful, very intriguing and not a little perplexing: that would be my judgement.

And the prowess of the dancers is little short of miraculous.

There’s something about the very nature of modern dance that tends towards abstraction.  Here the title and the nature of the onstage video (a greyhound, some scientific images of what might be microbes, a stream of data… ) give you some clue as to narrative (are you seeing incidents from the battle for survival of an exotic life form?) but they are suggestions rather than constraints on meaning.  Dance can only evoke; imagination and memory are needed to give it meaning.

Despite the perlexity, it was a wonderful experience.  Now when have I said that before?