Scottish Dance Theatre
Glasgow Theatre Royal, Thu 28–Fri 29 Feb
When dance works – and I mean really works – it’s not your eyes that tell you, but your heart. And that rush of adrenalin. Needless to say, it doesn’t happen very often – but with Liv Lorent, it’s almost guaranteed. This is the second time Scottish Dance Theatre has commissioned the Newcastle-based choreographer, and hopefully not the last.
Backed by Ezio Bosso’s beautifully emotive score, Lovent’s latest work, tenderhook is at turns joyful and desperate. Dancers male and female teeter on pointe shoes, twirling Chinese ribbons as if their lives depended on it – before switching to fast-paced leaps and tumbles. And Jon Clark’s stunning lighting design gives the whole piece an ethereal feel.
In the face of such beauty, Hofesh Shechter has his work cut out in the second half. But the Israeli choreographer rises to the challenge with Dog, an atmospheric work filled with shifting emotions. One minute the dancers have their hands in the air rave-style, the next they’re cowering in fear before an invisible enemy.
This is an impressive double-bill that’s well worth checking out either in Glasgow or at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre next month.