La Lutte (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

La Lutte

Contemporary meets combat in a strong male duet

This is strong dance. This is male dance. But this is also the kind of dance that looks like two boys fighting over whose next on the Playstation. La Lutte (French for ‘the wrestle’) is the new duet from Belgium/UK-based choreographer Filip Van Huffel and his company, Retina Dance.

Set under ‘floodlights’ with a plain white gym-like floor, it runs a gamut of male emotions, from tense confrontation to deep introspection and that unsettling brand of sibling rivalry that looks like it could end in real harm. This is tense, unflinching contemporary dance, with Matthew Slater and Steven Martin – dressed simply in black martial arts trousers – performing with a sweat-drenched intensity that practically grabs you in a martial arts hold.

Underpinned by a powerful soundtrack that runs from ecclesiastical to squidgy electronica this is no easy viewing. But its sheer physicality and visceral combat-meet-contemporary dance language will have you on the edge of your seats.

Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, until 30 Aug, 7pm, £12 (£9).

La Lutte

  • 4 stars

Belgian choreographer Filip Van Huffel creates a bold, bright fighting arena where two male dancers challenge their physicality while they wrestle to communicate with themselves, one another and the world around them. 'La Lutte' is aggressive, intimate, playful and competitive, performed by spectacularly talented dancers.


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