Sulle Labbra Tue Dolcissime (On Your Honey Lips)
Sensual slow-burning dance from Siena
This article is from 2012.
This intriguing piece from Siena-based Francesca Selva Company is a bit of a slow burner. But stick with it and it will reap delicious visual rewards.
Starting with the image of a dove -- part of Giovanni Mezzedimi's multimedia collaboration with the show -- a white noise soundtrack emerges, over which comes a changing score of moods. Baroque music signifies an elegant lean tone to the dance, a French cafe waltz leads to spinning piggy backs, and soft indie tunes see the ensemble fall in and out of duet pairings with different partners.
It is these brief couplings that are the most compelling to watch, the movement drawing them together as if they ache for each other. At times a lone dancer provides counterpoint, exploring gangly and awkward angles with their legs, or crouched down, head lolling.
Costumes of bold block colour that look like splashes on an artist's palette are slowly peeled off as the piece progresses. By the time the final episode comes around the dancers, now in monochrome, have developed a languorous quality that is almost intoxicating.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 27 Aug (not 20), 4.40pm, £12--£14 (£10--£12).