Four major pieces of modern dance were performed by Rambert last night. The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, choreographed by Mark Baldwin, was based on particle science, each dancer representing a quark. It was a varied piece with so much going on it was not always easy to know where to look, a feature of some modern dance. The best passages for me were the slower, lyrical ones which were beautifully interpreted.
Dutiful Ducks was a text sound composition from Charles Amirkanian, choreographed by Richard Alston. Very different and thought-provoking, this was a short piece of almost disintegrated language interpreted brilliantly by a lone dancer.
The most impressive dance of the night for me came next in Sounddance. with electronic sound by David Tudor, a bit like the sort of radio static one might pick up from outer space, which was unnerving, unpredictable, chaotic and mesmerising. Merce Cunningham choreographed the seventeen minute piece originally, which starts and ends with a void and is open to many interpretations - is it about dance itself? Creation? A staggering performance that brought lengthy applause.
The last piece was Rooster, a celebration of the music and times of the 60s and 70s, choreographed by Christopher Bruce and set to songs by the Rolling Stones. Now over twenty years old, this still retains its original vitality, humour and appeal. My favourite was the very slick choreography for 'Sympathy for the Devil.'
An excellent evening that was challenging and rewarding for the appreciative audience.