Thursday, 25 July 2013
New Movement Collective - NEST
I have been helping to support the New Movement Collective (NMC), run amongst others by my friend Gosia Dzierzorn of the Rambert Dance Company.
NMC's latest piece (NEST) is a dance and immersive multi-media performance being put on at the Welsh Chapel in Shaftesbury Avenue, former site of the Limelight club at which I occasionally passed some time when younger. So it was with a strange sense of impending nostalgia for racier times that we went to see the show a couple of nights ago. It's based on the story of the Odyssey, which the children impressively and confidently narrated the bones of to me in the taxi on the way over.
The piece was extraordinarily good, and rather than trying to describe it I will rely on the very praising reviews here: Guardian Independent Standard BalletBag
My favourite bit of all was the dancer Clemmie Sveass as Penelope (Odysseus's wife) weaving and unweaving the shroud. (Penelope, whilst being pursued by suitors in Odysseus's absence used the delaying tactic of pretending to weave a burial shroud for his father Laertes, claiming that she would choose a suitor when finished. But each night she undid part of the weaving).
Another fine element was a dance done by Gosia in front of a mirror - which I think was a metaphor for the Cyclops's eye. I liked the piece so much I went back alone a couple of days later.
Anyway, altogether I am immensely proud to have been able to support NMC. It's the second time I have done so, and I am sure not the last.