Davidson’s Entropy is enclosed in white walls marked out by panels of light that suggest high windows to the outside world. On a theme of adapting to change, Davidson uses the full company of fourteen dancers in an expertly structured work, striking a balance between complexity and clarity.
The choreography is defined in clean classical shapes with arms and body angles ringing the changes. The patterning is skilful and the subtle shifts between working in ensemble and canon keep the stage alive with interest.
The simple elegance of the costumes gives definition to the sculpted bodies configured in lines and geometric patterns interspersed with duets. In the cool lighting and accompanied by the tingling atmospheric sounds of Nicholas Robert Thayer’s score, Désirée Guler and George Susman open with lyrical duet in neo-classic form.
A dramatic change comes as a strong pulse is introduced in a wash of golden light. Greta Calzuola and Théo just take centre stage complementing the change with in a complex, thrilling partnership before Just joins Luca D’Amato in a dynamic male pairing where bodies mirror and complement.
The second half is crowned by a duet of riveting intensity from Marta Andreitsiv and D’Amato, dancers with great presence who bring out the quality in every movement.
It was an exhilarating performance. These young dancers have the technique to handle the very demanding choreography while never letting skill overwhelm artistry and personal warmth.
The overt theatricality of Arias’ Pure Coincidence proves an effective contrast. It has six characters and hints of Luigi Pirandello’s play, with costumes from Bregje van Balen that evoke fantasies and the space to create dreams.
The dancers embody their chosen personality in distinctive movement, finding idiosyncratic detail in a hand wave or a glance. Multi-talented Wolf Hoeyberghs goes first to the piano, playing his own virtuosic composition before establishing his character in movement.
A ruffled shirt, black trousers and a mane of black hair mark him out as a Byronesque Romantic with an extravagant dance style to match.