Elvis Still My Heart (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Elvis Still My Heart

No, Elvis has definitely left the building

Louise Barrett is a fantastically talented physical performer. You can’t take your eyes off her. In spindly ‘spinster’ Agnes, subliminating repressed sexuality into an obsession with the King, his eroticised pelvic flicks translated into nervous, agonising ticks, she’s created an absolutely unforgettable character. Poor Agnes deserves a better show than this one, though: it’s not every production that can end with Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and still feel anticlimactic.

The basic premise of this narrative dance piece is that Agnes rents out a room in her house and ends up living with two other lost women. While dance and plot are married well at the beginning, with some lovely comic moments of lip-syncing to Elvis hits and a haunting opening tableaux, the story whimpers out, with the dance sections (a mix of jitterbug and contemporary movement) increasingly irrelevant. There’s excellent support from Katey Leader as the brash Welsh glamour girl who helps Agnes start living again, but the third character is tacked on with nothing much to add to the plot. In short, great performers badly in need of a dramaturg.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 5.30pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6–£7).

Elvis Still My Heart

  • 2 stars

1970. Elvis has left the building. Or has he? Hits from the King. A script to dance for. 'Truth is like the sun... shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away' (Elvis Presley).

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