Arc Dance Company's Brothers at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

By Baile, Fiona | Musical Opinion, July 2002 | Go to article overview

Arc Dance Company's Brothers at the Queen Elizabeth Hall


Baile, Fiona, Musical Opinion


Arc Dance Company's Brothers, which I saw at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 9 April, claims to have been influenced by Dostoyevsky's books. Kim Brandstrup, the choreographer and artistic director, has stated that his aim was to anticipate an event or to examine the after-effects of incidents rather than to recount actual stories. The final and lasting effect is one of unfocussed muddle.

On an otherwise bare stage there are some iron bedsteads, several of which are multi-tiered. Six reclining forms erupt from their sleep and begin to interact, mostly in a confrontational manner. A woman, possibly a sister, appears and starts to galvanise the men into action; she stirs them out of an aggressive apathy but then she is gone and we are not sure what it was all about. Kenneth Tharp enters, a sinister figure dressed in a fur hat and a flapping overcoat. He is a protagonist and there is never any doubt about his power and ability to subjugate. …

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