The Warriors: A Love Story (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

The Warriors: A Love Story

Dance-filled elegy to a love found in the most harrowing of times

Dance company ARCOS has created an elegy to multimedia artist and composer Eliot Gray Fisher’s grandparents, who met and fell in love under the most extraordinary and harrowing circumstances during the aftermath of World War II. Using video projections, storytelling and passages of elegant dance – honouring the fact that Fisher’s grandmother was a dancer – the coming together of American Glenn and German Ursula over the simple gift of an orange is borne out.

Fisher found a trunk of belongings after his grandmother’s death, which formed the basis for the company to create the work. Background projections take us from cave man-style paintings to footage of Fisher’s family, to interludes of news charting current drone attacks, while dance is neatly woven around the love story.

It’s clearly a hugely personal tale for Fisher, who has written a heartfelt score for the show and who reads passages from his grandfather’s memoirs with gravity and love. In branching out the individual story into a commentary on wider war it feels as if there could be a little more clarity. But it’s hard to fault Fisher’s integrity in telling his story exactly as he feels and sees it.

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 24 Aug, 8.30pm, £12 (£10).

The Warriors: A Love Story

  • 3 stars

Ines Wurth Presents Searching through his grandmother’s trunk after her death, Eliot, a young musician, is transported into the past by the physical mementos he encounters. Moment after fractured moment reveals the intertwined lives of Ursula, a German dancer and survivor of the allied bombing of Dresden, and Glenn, an…