I’m a real fan of Theatre that can make me feel 2 conflicting emotions simaltaneously – I guess this stems from a fascination of Dystopian Literature and a longing to grasp the art of “Double Think” (!) – and “For How Much?” definitely achieved this. Whilst every one of the cast was quite obviously a credit to the Dance-world, I must say, Donovan Morris’s performance was captivating. He had just the right balance of creepy, perverted slime, humor and elegance needed to put us all on the edge of our seats!
Spotting a piano in the corner of the room, discreetly covered by a black sheet, right at the beginning of the first performance, I was dying to know if and when it would be used. My heart lept as, a few scenes into this piece, a pianist came out and started playing. Andy Higgs (Composer) created music that beautifully complimented the tones of the performance – light, humorous, but with threatening and fragile flashes. Whilst live music in performance can sometimes overwhelm, this definitely did not. Giving it an extra layer, a new texture, of meaning.
All in all, as much as I was confused and slightly unsure of my feelings towards the first performance – “Underfoot” – and utterly moved by the second – “For How Much?” – the night as a whole was incredibly enjoyable and I left feeling far more open to the concept of ‘Dance Theatre’. As a whole, it definitely inspired me to want to see me, take risks and be more receptive to that which I previously did not always understand.
And, I really liked the ‘present’ Mazzili gave all of us, too. That was very sweet and strongly grounded the internal logic of the piece. Pretty good for a Thursday night!