"Love tied up in thread"
by Philip Herbert for remotegoat on 15/07/14

Love tied up in a thread . Some tied to wrists to be led like puppets , some thread tied to link and join and be playful with . A talented troupe of movement /physical performers perform with ease and grace . There are group pieces , duets and solos too - a male solo and a female solo.

Atmospheric soundscape from Julius Tedaldi and Steve Broe . ( Cello and a pounding spanish guitar ) . Like puppets the characters are led on by shoes on a stick - leading the way to a revolving platform full of chairs and wiggly metal/plastic abstract sausage across the stage .

Monika Klimaite is the only female mover who ties herself up , breaks free , leads the men around , dances but constantly falls down , then exhausted is carried away like a babe -in-arms . All the men shine too but the male solo threatening himself with a tiny gun is both moving and menacing at the same time ( Joe Garbett ) .

Full of emotional content , all types of love and lonliness are explored with intense immersion - we as the audience are carried away with it too .

No so much dance content . Not too much throbbing on the spot either . I think some dance purists would be somewhat alarmed but movement theatre types were very appreciative and supportive throughout . Not a lot of laughs here but at times not easy to watch either .

There was the couple enjoying wine , with a cheerful waiter - then it all went wrong and ended in a wine spilling / throwing /spitting match . Thread tied around and around the face making a distorted mask , emotionless and cold . The couple eat the thread and eventually embrace - what a relief .

Directed by Zi Ling , Choreography Jemma Gould plus a full technical team make the piece live and lively throughout . Lasting 60 minutes - we left somewhat 'punch-drunk' a kind of hang over from what we had witnessed before us . Love in all its frailties , it's living and losing and loving again . Inspired apparently by Francis Bacon 's work - rough and random and painful at times too .

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