Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'
Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.
June 2nd, 2016watch now
The up and coming dance festival in Birmingham, suitably titled the International Dance Festival Birmingham, will feature a couple of performances where the creators appear to have taken leave of their senses.
First up we have those crazy kids from Karas, in Japan, with Suburo Teshigawara at the reigns performing the work 'Glass Tooth' (to give it the Japanese title). At first glance it all looks pretty normal. Dancers, choreography, music, sound, lights, etc. Then you take a look at the floor and notice their dancing on a carpet of broken glass!
If you've ever dropped a wine bottle in the kitchen and nimbly stepped around the fragments while you clean up the mess you'll know how hard it is not to cut yourself at least once. Multiply the glass fragments by about 10,000 and choreograph an hour long dance work on it and you'll get some idea of just how mad this work is. Should be worth watching then eh?
Next we have Cas Public, from Canada, with their work 'Diary (Journal intime)'. Although slightly less with the crazy than Karas, this company have decided to test the patience of the technicians by having 1,000 tiny tea lights on stage, all of which will be alight.
The works itself is all about love and relationships and is specifically aimed at teenagers (how sweet, Ed!) but you just know that the person who has to light all of those candles is muttering unpleasant incantations under their breath every night.
You can catch both shows in May during the festival, full details from their website.