- Gareth K Vile
- 25 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Dull cerebral work-out
Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas' duet is an archetypal and formulaic choreography that sits self-consciously in the 'high-art' register. Apart from walking around in a circle for an extended period – a strategy that is excessively popular with theatre-makers who are toying with physical theatre tropes – Lesca and Voutsas imagine their future relationship and the gradual decay of the planet, and the universe in a deliberately non-committal manner.
The pairing of the personal and the cosmic is a familiar theatrical routine: their blank, unemotional delivery (the information is relayed through projection) is interrupted by awkward dance routines. It is frustratingly knowing: their future lives are appropriately dismal, with touches of arch-humour and, aside from a generic message that everything ends, it is an inconsequential reflection on the mundane and, in parallel, the massive.
Their choreography has a wry humour – when they imitate the leaps of ballet, their inadequacy gathers laughter – and the exercise in performance has a clean, austere atmosphere that focuses attention on their gestures. Yet there is an overriding sense that there is more interest in the formal elements of the dramaturgy, a display of cleverness that draws in the larger themes only to leave them undeveloped, with no respect for engaging the emotions.
Summerhall, run ended.