Into The Dark
Presented by Probe
Leap Dance Festival
11th March 2006
This event was a new concept for the Leap Festival. Billed as ‘Leap
Into the Dark’, the evening’s events were only revealed on
the night, and quality was the only thing they guaranteed. Quality was
most definitely delivered through an hour-long programme consisting of
three exceptional duets.
The first - choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, who worked with Kylie
Minogue on her 'Show Girl' tour - explored the tenderness of relationships
between men and women. Theo Clinkard and Antonia Grove - who performed
all three dances - displayed some fantastic movements while examining
how the sexes interact with each other. Dressed in black and spot lit
with shafts of light, the dancers were at their strongest when they danced
together, displaying a variety of lifts and gravity defying moves. There
was more then a hint of sexual attraction when Clinkard and Grove's hands
moved over each other’s bodies.
The highlight of the second dance - which was a series of dances for
two people called ‘Cut Ups’ - was the section called ‘Hands’.
The two dancers stood in front of a light projector, with their shadows
cast against a white screen, and created a series of dances for their
hands. This innovative twist was choreographed by Lea Anderson and was
humorous and playful.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs provided the soundtrack to the last dance - ‘Fever
To Tell”. In contrast to the first piece, this high-energy dance
looked at the passion and rawness that can exist within relationships.
Grove wore green, which perhaps reflected the jealously that can often
surface between a man and a women.
This production was choreographed, performed and lit to an exceptionally
high standard. It was a shame therefore that the theatre was only half