En Forme (3 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

Despite requesting that all his work be destroyed after his death, the writings of Franz Kafka are still going strong. Two companies performing at Aurora Nova this year cite the Czech author as an inspiration, incorporating the surreality of his work into their shows.

French dance company, Cie Didier Theron spend forty punishing minutes slamming their bodies against the floor, or various pieces of furniture scattered around the stage in their show En Forme (lllll ). Comic touches courtesy of a monkey mask and wandering mattress lighten the otherwise heavy atmosphere. While the lack of music is more than made up for with the crashing sound of flesh on floorboard.

Portuguese writer/director, Joao Garcia Miguel takes quite a different approach to Kafka’s work. In Special Nothing (lllll), Kafka is merely mentioned in passing - here the main emphasis is American artist, Andy Warhol. Donning a comedic blond wig, Anton Skrzypiciel switches between nervous showman and droll artist with aplomb. And in between the plentiful laughs we see a man slowly unravelling in disturbing and poignant detail. (Kelly Apter)

Aurora Nova, 558 3853, until 28 Aug (not 15, 22). En Forme, 2.15pm, £9 (£7). Special Nothing, 8.20pm, £12 (£10).

This article is from 2006.

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