The mathematics of sexuality
This article is from 2008.
As we file into the UK debut by the Czech Republic’s only professional contemporary dance company, we’re confronted by the body of a young man, draped over a blackboard covered in mathematical equations. Upstage, under a half-raised curtain, running sets of legs, whoops and cheers suggest the heightened sexuality of teenagers at an illicit house party. It’s a nice juxtaposition for a work that tries to find logic in sexual attraction.
Three male and three female dancers, each playing a distinct character, enact the multiple possibilities of sexual relationships. There are skits – a cheeky attempt to explain the possible outcomes of a threesome using maths, a very literal sex kitten invading the audience – and there are moments of visual beauty. The writhing dancers travel, serpentine and horizontal across the floor, coupling and recoupling, while petting and eroticised play becomes violent, constrictive mauling and the private agonies of those spurned.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 25 Aug (not 11 & 18), 1pm, £10 (£8).