Smother - 201 Dance Company 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 06, Aug 2016
London based 201 Dance Company make a welcome return to the Fringe with Smother, choreographed by their founder, Andrea Walker.
The piece aims to explore relationships, specifically homosexual relationships, presented through urban dance. Themes of addiction, obsession and commitment are highlighted in a series of very powerful tableaux.
The simple costumes, minimal lighting and bare, black stage and background focus all attention on the dancers, and on the stories they are telling. The soundtrack is very strong, featuring Daughter and Alt-J, amongst others. There is really no room for error in this minimalistic and intimate setting. Fortunately, the choreography and the technical ability of the company are up to the task. Special mention must go to Michaela Cisarikova for a beautifully executed and touchingly emotional performance. Although the main focus of the piece is the relationship of the two main male characters, I found the exploration of the relationship between Cisarikova’s character and that played by Amy Lucas to be the more convincing and emotionally resonant.
A captivating and visually stunning performance, with real emotional power, Smother is a pleasure to watch.
Reviewed by Shiona
ZOO Southside – 117 Nicolson Street
Aug 5-27 15.20(55min)