The complexities of life, death & dance

Les Angles Morts and Last One Standing, Pulse Fringe Festival, Ipswich, May 29The first performance in this double dance bill, Le Angles Morts, was a complex piece involving two dancers on a set which featured a “live” current affairs television programme, a DJ's computer desk and a heap of costumes.

David Green

Les Angles Morts and Last One Standing, Pulse Fringe Festival, Ipswich, May 29

The first performance in this double dance bill, Le Angles Morts, was a complex piece involving two dancers on a set which featured a “live” current affairs television programme, a DJ's computer desk and a heap of costumes.

The dancers, one male, one female, began and finished with paper bags over their heads. The opening soundtrack was of opera and one dancer was prostrate on the floor, moving in a pair of welly boots via a series of judders. The other dancer was in a white tutu which she later changed for a red version.


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The theme of the piece was billed as a take on society which forgets, ignores, kills and cleans up at the same time, a society which chooses not to know but to close eyes and wait for better times.

It was, to say the least, difficult to identify much of this train of thought from the performance but perhaps a second look would have proved beneficial.

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The highlight of this surreal piece was when the two dancers engaged in a brilliant duet, their bodies fusing into moving sculptures as they rolled across the floor.

Multi media was also featured in Last One Standing, a humorous look at game playing and the worst it brings out in individuals.

The two, very talented female dancers performed live and on film which was played onto a giant screen behind them. The unwanted dilemma was whether to watch the dancers or their activities on the screen, some of which complemented the live action and some which appeared more interesting and thus dominated.

Multi media offers a great opportunity in all kinds of art but it should surely be used more sensitively.

David Green

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