The tempest of frightening ferocity dissolves into a ’story board’ that introduces the characters. The dancers’ heads are shrouded in white masks which, rather than blanking out the characters, makes them more real. Later they appear in ordinary dress when the movement, original and inventive, takes on a visceral, seductive quality.
Her characters, particularly Miranda, opening herself to new love, and Ariel, half servant, half free spirit were drawn with heart stopping tenderness and a keen eye. All sorts of visitation take place, lines from the play are whispered through the score, shadows and videos back the action, and a flotilla of origami boats dress the stage but no detail is extraneous or without purpose. It made a riveting evening of dance-drama.
16 June 2014