Body Duet | Project Arts Centre
Star Rating: 4/5
Title: Body Duet
Venue: Project Arts Centre
Review by: David O'Shaughnessy
Irish Modern Dance Theatre's newest dance piece Body Duet stars Michelle Boulé and Philip Connaughton in a physically and emotionally demanding performance that is a beauty to behold. Using the stark space of the Project Arts Centre, with lighting by Eric Wurtz, the dancers entangle, embrace, fight, scream and whisper as they display the varying levels and layers of love and relationships.
Choreographed by John Scott, the piece is hypnotic and intense, with the stark black and white performance space flaring up and dimming down to match the emotions of the two dancers. Innovative use of technology and space make for a thoroughly engaging piece, packed with humour and pathos.
Sometimes jarring, sometimes synchronized, Boulé and Connaughton are the utmost combination of athlete and artist, delivering riveting performances with grace and prowess. Never appearing to struggle, both performers are sensational, with movements strong, pronounced and purposeful; Boulé's Bessie Award is fully justified in this performance alone.
Magnetic and stirring, Body Duet is highlighted with sporadic music courtesy of US dynamic duo Blackfish, which sits perfectly with the performance and never overwhelms.
Unflinchingly performed and beautifully conceived, Body Duet is an informed, engaging collaboration, and the highlight of the week.
Body Duet runs in the Project Arts Centre until Saturday March 3rd. Tickets available here.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Thursday 1st March 2012 | Theatre
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