Magazine article Musical Opinion

Firsts at the Linbury

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Firsts at the Linbury

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Firsts at the Linbury

Firsts was a series of six nights at the Linbury studio, sponsored by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, showcasing new artistic talent from around Britain in all its myriad eclectic forms. I went along on 25 September to see three short and very different performances entitled Verse, Blau I Negre and Note to Tale and was entertained and visually mesmerised by the first two, while aurally struck by the imaginative improvisations of word and music from the third.

Dance and its relationship to music was the theme of the first half. Verse opened with the two performers on either side of the stage, Billy Biznizz as DJ, soundtracking with his two turntables in one corner, and Robert Hylton in the other head-banging to Biznizz's rhythm. For the following fifteen minutes or so Hylton provided a detailed choreography of Biznizz's impressive and gradually mutating sounds, blending a whole world of different dance forms with touches of Classical dance, at times utterly mesmerising for its snappy choreography and its complex bodily movement to the pounding music, at times a bit self-indulgent, more about the dancer himself than his relationship with the music, rather like a pumped-up, over-eager clubber gyrating for attention on your local Camberwell nightclub dance floor, though arguably more to do with the style of some of the dances than the dancer himself. Despite some imaginative use of lighting and shadows there was simply not enough variety to keep my attention fully rapt throughout.

A group of nine dancers, The Ensemble Group, under the direction of Norman Douglas, followed with Blau I Negre. With stunningly imaginative choreography from Spaniard Toni Mira, this performance was dazzlingly chic and suave, combining dynamic, humorous set pieces with slower more meditative and emotionally charged moments. The success of this piece was in its variety and the very subtle responses of the dancers to the expressive and rhythmic nuances of the different songs. …

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