Intertwine (3 stars)

This article is from 2010


Works, and dancers, in progress

Collisions Dance Company are on the cusp. They’re young enough – as a company and individuals – that they haven’t quite found their own style yet, but they’re also talented enough that watching even an uneven collection of small pieces like this feels exciting, like being at the start of something.

The first piece, 2, is choreographed and performed by the company’s director, David Beer, along with Verity Hopkins. It’s a tantalisingly short work-in-progress, juxtaposing Renaissance and modern dance forms and the music of J. S. Bach and Aphex Twin, the dark, cruel physicality of the choreography emoted particularly well by Hopkins.

It’s followed up by the utterly dazzling (ironically) Inertia, in which Beer marks himself as a choreographer to watch, classical ballet lines shattered by compulsive physical tics and languid floor movement, as three dancers attempt to wrestle their bodies to action. Unfortunately, the final two works, by guest choreographers, lack the confidence and sparkle; Gloria particularly is a rather misjudged attempt at a talk show/karaoke format, which sits awkwardly with the more abstract works. However, they’re still an enormously promising company.

Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, until 28 Aug (not 23), 2pm, £7.50 (£5).


  • 3 stars

A quartet of diverse new works ranging from a muscular male solo to a malevolent duet. Infused with Collisions' 'beautifully crafted' (Stage) blend of the inventive physicality of contemporary dance, and classical ballet's discipline and grace. Solo 'Soupirs' reveals flashes of brooding male vexation, '2' is a poignant…