Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Out of Africa, a Dance of the Absurd; DANCE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Out of Africa, a Dance of the Absurd; DANCE

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

Robyn Orlin

Barbican

LAUGHTER is the best medicine, they say, and if they're right, Robyn Orlin is a very fine doctor. The South African choreographer draws on the complex, difficult, happy-sad land of her birth and turns it into the gentlest comedy.

With speech, drama, caricature and dance, she pokes fun at some of our most sacred cows - ballet and ethnic traditions, middle-aged white women and buxom black ones. Back stage luvvies and African serving boys are also in the mix, as is a traditional English sword dance team whose intricate daisy-chain dancing is every bit as complex as Balanchine's choreography, albeit with a much beefier gait.

The cryptically, and lengthily-titled, "Daddy, I've seen this piece six times before and I still don't know why they're hurting each other..."

opened at The Pit on Tuesday night, a production not so much in the round, as in the square. The audience stood around the stage plonked centrally in The Pit's space, while the performers scrambled on and off it, running into the audience and back out again. …

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