The Warriors: A Love Story
- Lucy Ribchester
- 9 August 2014
This article is from 2014
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).