Éowyn Emerald & Dancers
- Alexandra Gray
- 6 August 2018
Exuberant selection of short works from an evolving company
Since her successful run at the Fringe in 2016, Éowyn Emerald has made some changes. She's relocated to Aberdeen, and for this latest programme of eight short works, has taken on new dancers.
The quartet makes eye contact and smiles in the opening piece, as they fold in and out of each other's limbs before breaking off into duets. They're engaging to watch, and the works varies enough to hold interest, but the choreography seems underdeveloped, and the execution uneven. There's a lot of wobbling, and the floor work feels heavy and noisy, which doesn't seem to fit with the contemporary / modern aesthetic of Emerald's choreography.
There are also some baffling and incongruous choices, such as a deliberate sudden drop from a lift, and a phrase featuring a slow back-bend which looks horribly foreshortened because of the stage positioning.
Subtler ideas appear from time to time, like when two dancers touch with scissoring fingers, or a lovely swimming gesture which seems to carry an emotional weight of its own. These are promising moments — delving deeper into fewer pieces might have borne more fruit. Nevertheless, the dancers are fully invested in the work and each other, which carries the hour.
Greenside @ Royal Terrace, until 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 1.50pm, £12 (£10).