Bon 4 Bon (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Bon 4 Bon

credit: Wei-Sheng Chen

Beguiling playfulness in this refreshing piece about the memories of four dancing brothers

Part of the Taiwan Season, Eyal Dadon has made Bon 4 Bon especially for Chang Dance Theatre, a unique young company comprised of four brothers. Needless to say, it's a family affair in this sensitively expressed piece about the bonds – and fruit – they share.

As the audience enters, one brother is lying on the floor. He speaks into a microphone, reminiscing about times he remembers spending with his family, when they would fight over the delicious cool mangoes they loved to eat. In a surprising use of the space, his three brothers creep in through the venue door. They have a warm, slightly mischievous presence and glide with beautiful lightness and looseness through shifting floor patterns and configurations that evolve organically.

Taking turns to speak, each brother begins 'I remember …', the words extending a thread into the past. Lovely moments of unison describe their shared history, such as when all four point their foot with the words 'my three brothers'. The profound themes of belonging and family are evoked with subtlety, the boys exchanging socks, posing like a boyband, or quoting street dance moves.

Sometimes tender, sometimes fierce, this is a beautifully constructed evocation of brotherly love.

Dance Base, until 26 Aug (not 20), 5pm, £13 (£11).

Taiwan Season: Bon 4 Bon

  • 4 stars

Chang Dance Theatre Guided by Israeli choreographer Eyal Dadon, four real-life brothers take to the stage in a moving story of memories and mangos. The result is a smart serving of fresh, engaging dance by a young Taiwanese company ready to take on the world. Founded in 2011, Chang produces only one work per year. Bon 4…