Labyrinth of Love Tour 2012/13
Rambert Dance Company
The Lowry, 10 October 2012
An exhilarating evening of modern dance and including, as a prize and privilege to be coveted, the world premiere of the title work. More about this later.
The second work, Roses by Paul Taylor, featured a series of pas de deux and a cumulative swirl of motion. They in turn became buds, petals, blossoms, full-bodied wonders, did these dancers. Their beauty became indistinguishable from their power, their grace and strength were one. It had a lot of pure ballet moves, this work, and dollops of gorgeous geometry.
Now Itzik Galili’s Sub was an example of a dance that verged on ritual; and Michael Gordon’s rhythmic score also did its best to induce trance. There were seven male dancers all told, all moving frenetically and assuming myriad formations. Sometimes there was an individual apart from the group, sometimes at the centre of attention; while at other times the group weaved and warped as one. The thing that most grabbed you was the continuous, energetic motion: these guys never stopped. Forever, that is how long they went on for, it seemed like. Yet it somehow wasn’t enough.
Let us now retrace our steps and return to the Labyrinth of Love, choreography by Marguerite Donlon and music by Michael Daugherty. It’s probably best described as a narrative work touching on various aspects of love; you might well call it a journey or a quest piece. Indeed, the love songs as sung by Sarah Gabriel provided much of the backstory: they answered the ‘where I’ve been and what I’ve found’ kind of questions. As a dance it was a mosaic of fragments, exquisite to be sure, rather than a grand, overpowering gresture. But it was grandly moving by the close.