• 27 July 2006

This article is from 2006.

Many choreographers will tell you their show is about ‘relationships’, a catch-all word for the often abstract nature of dance. Dublin’s CoisCéim, however, has better justification to use it than most. Knots is inspired by the book of the same name by Glasgow psychiatrist, RD Laing, who blended philosophy and psychology to explore how subconscious behaviour can interfere with personal relationships.

When ex-DV8 choreographer, Liam Steel read the book after a traumatic break-up, he checked himself straight into therapy. For his dancers in the Fringe First-winning CoisCéim - last seen in Edinburgh performing Chamber Made at the Caledonian Hotel - putting the show together was just as challenging. ‘The rehearsals were emotionally draining,’ says David Bolger, the company’s artistic director and one of the six dancers in Knots. ‘There were a lot of tears from everyone in the rehearsal room and we learned about each other pretty quickly.’

For the audience, this visually striking piece of dance-theatre will be rather less traumatic. With Steel bringing the humour out of human entanglements as well as the pain. ‘Knots is a rather twisted book,’ says Bolger. ‘The choreography takes on some of the energy of the book, it’s quite brutal and harsh, but there also are elements of classical ballet in it and some very moving, honest, lyrical and lonely moments.’ (Mark Fisher)

Aurora Nova, 558 3853, 6-28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 9.40pm, £12 (£10). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £7.50.

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