Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Heading out for an evening at Sadler's Wells yesterday, I was hardly expecting to fall in love. I was simply trudging along to join the masses of Guardian touting Islington Blairites to what was reputed to be the wonder dance bill of the year: PUSH. And did it deliver.

Sylvie Guillem is an extraordinary dancer and Russell Maliphant one of Europe's trendiest choreographers. His work challenges her body and her brain; therein laying the root of my newfound love for the pair. There's a solo for her, a solo for him, another solo for her, then a duet. No sets, no live music, no special effects other than lighting, yet the cumulative effect is as sophisticated as one could wish. This is intimate stuff, even in the vastness of Sadler's Wells. People were jammed shoulder-to-shoulder and all you could hear was a holding of breath (and slurpings of Sauvignon).

The climax comes with the finale - the duet. In the rapt opening moments it's clear the mood will be proud and sensuous, a meeting of strangers as equals. Guillem crouches and uncoils her body down the length of Maliphant's back, and just at that moment the sound score hints at an ancient world, and I suddenly saw the pair as Helen of Troy and Paris.

If there was ever a time appropriate for the word 'sinuous', this was it. The potent duet that suggests many kinds of relationship - marital, artistic, sacred - lays bare the elements of trust both physically and emotionally that all relationships require.

As Annie Lennox sang: "Sweet dreams are made of this."
Who am I to disagree?

Sadler's Wells
Until 25 March
Book here, Tickets £13-£40


Anonymous hels said...

Sylvie has proved more than once that her gift is not JUST her incredible body and flawless technique, but rather her ability to interpret a role. I imagine wathching this it is clear she is a dancer of refinement and taste!

What a blasting combination. Maliphant is not to be sniffed at. Lucky you CS!

7:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was AMAZING I saw it last year- they brought two partners to the dance Intensity and surprise. If you bring nothing but technique at the end of the day all you will have is technique and boredom. Again a great dance...

7:24 pm  
Anonymous double decker said...

This is the greatest gift to this Web site, this woman has an incredible body!

7:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sylvie Guillem has been the superballerina of our time, celebrated not only for the fluky perfection of her body, but for the extraordinary glamour she radiates on stage.

7:26 pm  
Anonymous dancing queen said...

SYLVIE - The professional rebel, who for years danced under the nickname Mademoiselle Non, will be dreaming outside the box even in retirement.

7:28 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

A beautiful dscription for what sounds like a beautiful affair.

Will try and get there.

Angel is just such a pain from West London.

8:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn she is strong

8:05 pm  
Anonymous Ella said...

Great post CS!

Just put my vote in for you. Good luck with it!

8:23 pm  
Anonymous Dan Farming said...

Good luck Slicky

Just voted and praised

8:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voted Madame Slickster

Best of Luck!

8:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is one sexy dancer

8:52 pm  
Anonymous fashionistawhore said...

Just booked a pair of seats at £80. Rather severe but sounds worth it.

I have heard Sylvie is one you must see at least once in your life!

9:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Propranolol is used to treat tremors, angina (chest pain)

9:22 pm  

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