Ménage à Trois (4 stars)

Claire Cunningham’s dance piece is an ode to love not yet found

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This article is from 2013.

Ménage À Trois

Claire Cunningham’s exploration of her 20-year relationship with crutches is a bold piece of theatre. Not because Cunningham brings to the stage a style of dance that many won’t have seen before, but because she shares her own feelings about her disability in order to demonstrate the universal truth – that it’s our insecurities that stop us finding love.

From the opening, where Cunningham’s quotes appear on gauze screens (in Gail Sneddon’s superb video design), Ménage à Trois is a deeply personal ode to a love not yet found. There are playful moments – Cunningham taking pot-shots at lovers in a video game called Killer Couples – but the heart of the piece begins to beat when she creates a puppet-boyfriend out of crutches, and is so wrapped up in her imaginary man that she fails at first to notice the human version behind it.

Shot through with startling images, honest statements about the subconscious shopping lists we make when looking for a partner, and the nonchalantly whipped-out treat of Cunningham’s gorgeous soprano, this is a piece danced and designed straight from the soul.

Paterson’s Land, 651 1421, until 25 Aug (not 15, 19, 20, 22), times vary, £14 (£11.50).

This article is from 2013.

Ménage à Trois

  • 4 stars

‘I wasn’t made to click. But with you I click. We. Click. Like a clique, a trio, a Ménage à Trois.’ Hauntingly beautiful study of love, obsession, loneliness and manipulation, Ménage à Trois is a visually stunning piece of dance theatre from award-winning performer Claire Cunningham and choreographer/video artist Gail…

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