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May 2004
Future Remembered, Past Imagined /
Nine Piece Suite - Review
I Was A Rat!
Pegasus Theatre

The Pegasus Theatre

Sat 15 May 2004 8:00pm
crossover / rollercoaster
£5.50. £3.50 concs., £2.50 schools, youth groups and under 18's

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By Ruth Keeling

Not having been near a dance performance since my childhood dancing class days, I arrived at the Pegasus trying to empty my head of prejudices. My layman's image of something incomprehensible and heavy-going was making me unreasonably nervous of taking my seat.

The first half, Nine Piece Suite, was unfortunately very much that. The music was a Benjamin Britten cello piece, hard work for someone who thinks music and dance should follow a recognisable beat. The dance itself was abstract enough for me to lose the thread of what it was about. I felt as though I had found the proof for my unkind conception of modern dance.

The second, and main piece, "future remembered past imagined" was a welcome contrast. Fast-moving, witty, varied - truly interesting and entertaining. The premise - each dancer showing their own past and future - meant that three-quarters of an hour passed with practically no fidgeting on my part.

Each dancer's story had a different style and different mood. The audience laughed out loud as the 30-something dad depicted 'one day I should go to the gym'. The young man, clearly a fan of Capoera, wowed us all with his break dancing skills. The woman showed the poignant moment when babies grow to be adults taller than their mothers.

The importance of the intergenerational project for those involved was aptly expressed in the interview snippets that played as they danced. "I've been dancing since I was four"… "I'll be dancing when I'm a very old lady". For another dancer, with the all the normal life pressures of jobs and children, dancing was "the only time I can be spontaneous". Like children, or maybe like adults.

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