Leila Verlinden and Tomáš Červinka have a more mature and knowing relationship. Between the two there is more water under the bridge and their deeper, and sometimes fractious partnership, is expressed in Ek’s idiosyncratic language of gestures and shapes. Ek shapes real people through his choreographic language making his works endlessly satisfying for both performer and viewer.
Despite his British origins, Anthony Missen's new work, I Went Out On A Summer’s Night, has the edge of a Scandi-noir thriller. The setting is a mobile home for an ordinary nuclear family but an unknown threat lurks in the darkness outside.
The threat comes in the form of Jakub Mędrzycki, a dark shape slithering across the stage in supernaturally fluid motion, before fixing the audience with his luminous red eyes: the epitome of all we fear in the night.
Later he becomes a more human threat in his attraction to the daughter, a fresh and sunny performance from Hanna Nussbaumer, but he is always the outsider, skulking in the shadows and shielding his vulnerability behind a wall of aggression. He becomes involved, predictably, in a violent brawl with the father, Toby Fitzgibbons. As the wife, Fanny Barrouquère, takes the fantasy a step further returning later in a glamorous silky dress and engaging in a lyrical pas de deux with Fitzgibbons.