Magazine article Musical Opinion

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Phoenix Dance Theatre

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For their short season at Sadler's Wells, which began on 28 April, the company opened with Blue Roses by their artistic director, Javier De Frutos. It is based on an excerpt from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and the whole work has a voice over from the playwright as an accompaniment. It concerns the visit of a young man to his sister Laura, and the hopes of their mother Amanda that he would make a suitable husband. Amanda was performed by two dancers: Josephine DarvillMills and Tiziana Fracchiolla who brilliantly interpreted the manipulative machinations of this character.

Chaconne, which followed, was created by José Limón. Bradley Shelver performed to the unaccompanied cello music by Bach, with an intensity of movement, phrasing and expression that beautifully mirrored the music.

The Moor's Pavane is another classic work by Limon and is a pure distillation of Othello. Using just the four central characters, he has managed to convey the complexity of plot and the intensity of emotion without scenery or props. …

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