Trip the Light (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

Trip the Light

Triptych by a talented female foursome who might simply need more life experience

This triple-bill of dances was created by four personable young European women who clearly know how to move but maybe haven't lived long enough to be genuinely interesting onstage just yet. The latter observation doesn't mean they lack talent or presence. What's missing is seasoning and, certainly in the curtain-raising duet, a greater depth and freedom in both content and performance.

'Two Blue' is meant to convey an idea of 'the importance of friendship on a journey of self-discovery,' but as danced (very competently) by Sophie Ammann and Rosanne Briens, there wasn't enough at stake to make it matter much. More needed to be revealed about who the two are as individuals and as a unit to be convincing.

Choreographed by Pauline Raineri, 'SI / SI' is a solo as cryptic as its title. Erin O'Reilly, whose expression is akin to that of a troubled angry bird, is alluring but elusive in it. Intriguingly impenetrable she may be, but the work itself didn't sustain my curiosity.

The finale was a 20-minute collective improvisation with input solicited from audience members. Again, whether because of inexperience or choice, these creditable dancers didn't go far enough in terms of risk or movement invention.

Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 618 6967, until 13 Aug, 5.20pm, £7.50 (£5).

Trip the Light

  • 3 stars

Junebug Company and Pauline Raineri Three contemporary dance pieces by the creators of Budge3: ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com). Si/Si: ‘A bold and compelling work’ (Lyndsey Winship). A solo amplifying the struggle of restraining inner turmoil in order to uphold appearances: a quest for true identity. Two Blue: 'enterprisingly…

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