WRoNGHEADED (4 stars)

WRoNGHEADED

credit: Ewa Figaszewska

Poignant piece focuses on women's rights

Acclaimed Irish choreographer Liz Roache premiered WRoNGHEADED in 2016, and following Ireland's historic vote to repeal the 8th amendment, the work has only gained in resonance.

Stephen Dodd's lighting creates a claustrophobic twilight world, where two women struggle, stare and wait. Their bodies are pictures of stifled anxiety, legs crossing and uncrossing, sometimes splayed wide, thrusting, remembering.

Mary Wycherley's prize-winning short film is projected onto the floor of the space, creating an illusion of shifting ground. Scenes show a woman in a cave, its moist walls and granular texture call to mind flesh, or cells. Elaine Feeney's fierce poetry overlays to create an urgent accompaniment. It's a vivid stream of consciousness which evokes the repression and helplessness experienced by women seeking an abortion.

Sarah Cerneaux and Justine Cooper are sublime dancers. Dressed in simple trousers and shirts, they clasp their hands to their mouths, then their bellies, heads whipping in disbelief. At times they drift like sleepwalkers, reaching into empty space, yet always executing steps with clarity and precision.

The combined effect is intense without hectoring. The elements of WRoNGHEADED are perfectly balanced, and the piece ends as the women embrace, a poignantly humane image for this timely work.

Dance Base, until 19 Aug (not 13), 1.30pm, £11 (£9).

WRoNGHEADED

  • 4 stars

Liz Roche Company Liz Roche’s WRoNGHEADED merges film, voice and movement to confront stark realities for women in Ireland. Fierce words by poet Elaine Feeney drive the piece, with electrifying performances by Sarah Cerneaux and Justine Cooper interwoven with the exquisite work of filmmaker Mary Wycherley, composer Ray…

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