MY oh my, but at every turn, the legs surely have it...
whether it's in the scything angularities of Martin Lawrance's Run For It, the uncanny stretches and sudden flick-knife high kicks that punctuate Forsythe's Workwithinwork or the haughty struts and snaking, wrap-around limbs in Hans Van Manen's 5 Tangos, the dancers' legs meticulously etch out the cut and thrust of the three individually challenging works now on the company's autumn tour.
The 2012 Olympics that prompted the commissioning of Lawrance's piece are now the stuff of memories. The work itself, however, retains a timeless evocation of prowess and stamina, as the dynamic rhythms of John Adams's Son Of Chamber Symphony – played live – propel leaping, spinning bodies into shapes that cannily echo the geometric "leaves" of Martin Boyce's overhead metallic canopy.
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There is a sense of burnished familiarity in the way the dancers reach into the juxtapositions of compliance and conflict Forsythe set to the complexities of Berio Duetti.
An ideal springboard for the company premiere of 5 Tangos, where the quirks of mood and pace in Piazzolla's music encourage a dialogue of smouldering gamesmanship and arch seduction. Everyone rises, or rather shimmies and syncopates to the occasion, led by Eve Mutso and Erik Cavallari in sizzling hot form – no wonder new artistic director Christopher Hampson looks relaxed and happy in his pre-performance intro to audiences.