A Night at the Movies
Classic scenes from the silver screen
This article is from 2008.
Golden moments from classic Hollywood films are the inspiration for this patchy production from US choreographers Gallimaufrey & Greene. While the intention is to provide an accessible entry point for theatregoers who are less familiar with contemporary dance, ironically it is in the passages where the choreography is allowed a free reign that the piece connects most immediately with the audience.
Faithful, loving recreations of From Here to Eternity’s steamy beach scene and the ballet from The Red Shoes are enjoyably familiar, but pale in comparison to the originals. Much more compelling is the company’s take on Casablanca and Joan of Arc, which wisely attempts to capture the spirit of the original works in a specifically dance language. This is most moving in the Casablanca sequence, when a male and female performer throw uncomfortable shapes, stumbling towards each other and only briefly connecting while a fellow dancer croons ‘As Time Goes By’.
C Chambers Street, 0845 260 1212, until 25 Aug (not 11), 7.15pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£6.50–£9.50).