Reviewed by Paula Citron
Wayne McGregor|Random Dance
Grand Theatre Dance Series
Grand Theatre, Kingston ON
Feb. 5, 2010
When the National Ballet performed Wayne McGregor’s Chroma earlier this season, the work got the most prolonged ovation in recent memory. That’s why I went to Kingston to catch the British choreographer’s own company, Random Dance, and his full-length Entity.
McGregor’s fusion of dance and technology has made him one of Europe’s hottest choreographers. He’s fascinated by dance as science, but his cold experimentation goes hand in hand with images of stunning beauty.
The body is an entity, viewed in the abstract through solos, duets and ensembles, but it’s the way McGregor works the body, and combinations of bodies, that is a fascinating process. McGregor’s haunting choreography is supple, fluid and seemingly boneless. It’s cool science, but little stories seem to be happening.
The mostly black and white video is abstract art that is beautiful in and of itself, as is the original atmospheric, cinematic score.
Entity is currently on a three-city Canadian tour, but alas, not to Toronto.