Rambert Dance is exhilarating, entertaining and challenging

Respected dance company Rambert is at The Lowry, Salford this week with three exciting contemporary dances, all very different from each other.

The presentation features performances by eye candy, Cerberusand Follow the subtle current upstream.

eye candy is choreographed by Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal, who, through the movements of eight dancers, portray a warning about the destruction of today’s standards of beauty.

The movement is versatile and diverse, one moment the bodies are moving like fluids and the next they are jarring and hard.

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A dancer is carried on stage and is almost unrecognizable as a human – in a silicone costume and with rigid movement, she effectively looks like a life-size Barbie doll.

The dancers around her push and push her until she cracks.

It is a brilliant physical demonstration of the unattainable standards of beauty that people are held to today.

The costumes in this piece are silicone costumes that give the appearance of being naked, while the dancers are fully covered.

Interestingly, it could be interpreted that because the big breasted suits on women and the muscular suits worn by men are obviously suits and not real bodies, this could imply the fakeness of social media and the way people appear behind their screens.

eye candy is approximately 25 minutes long, and due to the impression of nudity and body image themes, it is recommended for audiences 15 and older.

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Cerberus takes place after eye candyafter an interval of twenty minutes.

Choreographed by Ben Duke, and the most recent routine of the three exhibited, Cerberus premiered at Hall for Cornwall just a few weeks ago on the 13the May.

It’s a complete change from the previous piece, as it’s what can best be described as a game performance with dance and music.

Based on the Greek mythology of the watchdog of the underworld, this play takes place during the funeral of one of the theater technician’s friends.

The ensemble is made up of seventeen dancers, each wearing dark colored clothing to clearly indicate the setting of a burial, as well as death itself.

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The dialogue is skillfully comedic, Romarna Campbell keeps a wonderful tempo with the onstage percussion, and Rebecca Leggett and George Robinson deliver the moving Romanian folksong. Lamento Della Ninfa like the funeral song.

The performance is a depiction of the inevitable journey from birth to death, with life unfolding in between.

Fortunately, an introduction to the meaning of Cerberus is explained to the audience before it begins, setting the stage for the soft depictions of death and the comedic tone.

This dance lasts approximately 30 minutes and is followed by a brief five-minute break to allow for a change of scenery.

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Follow the subtle current upstream is the third and last dance of the show of the evening.

Alonzo King choreographs and delivers the uplifting message of how to find joy, which often means searching for your roots.

The costumes are effective, consisting of green, gray and gold colors, which portray the idea of ​​nature and its belonging.

Solos, pairs and trios take the stage at different times and perform different dance styles, which beautifully show the range and versatility of talented dancers, while pursuing joy.

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The technical skill of the dance is phenomenal, the professionals render the elaborate grand jets effortlessly.

This performance lasts approximately 25 minutes.

All in all, Rambert Dance delivers great performances without hogging your night too much. The show lasts approximately 115 minutes, including intermission and a brief break, making it a wonderful activity to do on a weeknight.

Rambert Dance performs at The Lowry, Salford until friday 27e May 2022. Tickets start at £18 and can be purchased here.

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