Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Electric Fury and an Iron Will

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Electric Fury and an Iron Will

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Byline: LUKE JENNINGS

RICOCHET * The Place, WC1

RICOCHET was founded in 1989 by Karin Fisher-Potisk and Kate Gowar, who trained together at the London School of Contemporary Dance, and the company's raison d'Itre is to seek out and commission choreographers working at the evolving edge of contemporary dance.

The first piece in their two-part programme is House of Magnet by Stephen Petronio. To the sound of thunder - electric fury - the company are revealed in transparent, matte-black shirts, as if draped in iron filings.

With the soundtrack splintering into brain-numbing percussion, the group are alternately drawn galvanically together and repelled to wash about in the electronic tide. Who or what is governing these force fields, we never discover. Arms dive and judder like underwater ducks, legs whip around the body to provide impetus for turns. At one point, it seems that the dancers are rejecting their ionised destiny and attempting to order their own movements, but in the end physics rather than physique reasserts itself. …

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