Siobhan Davies Dance Company
Cooper, Helen, Dance Magazine
SIOBHAN DAVIES DANCE COMPANY SADLER'S WELLS THEATRE LONDON, ENGLAND, UK SEPTEMBER 26, 1999 REVIEWED BY HELEN COOPER
Siobhan Davies's first full-length work created for the company in more than thirty years of making dances, Wild Air epitomizes her work and that of her company. One of the first students of the London Contemporary Dance School in the late sixties, Davies has been a prominent figure throughout the development of contemporary dance in Britain.
One element of this work that immediately set it apart from other modern dance today is that it allowed the audience to travel into the piece rather than presenting it to them. At the London premiere, I was invited by the dancers into their domain. At times quite insular, the movements also conveyed a sense of fun, moving seamlessly from statuesque poses to a small nudge or a lift of another dancer in the space.
The score, by South African composer and long-term Davies collaborator Kevin Volans, provided a catalyst for sound and movement to play cat-and-mouse with each other--running, chasing, softening into pauses of stillness and moments of silence. …