The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DJ

Tang: Trea­sures from the Silk Road Cap­i­tal high­lights not just the ob­jects but the ethos, the open, in­quir­ing, tal­ented spirit of those glob­al­is­ing times. It cel­e­brates the Tang dy­nasty (618-907), which most peo­ple Coun­ter­move It’s not of­ten that Syd­ney Dance Com­pany looks this wild and tough. As Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tene­bris starts the dancers prowl around like feral cats, get into light­ning-fast tus­sles with oth­ers and then do a run­ner. It ends that way too, ev­ery­one flee­ing from some­thing. The ti­tle may trans­late as “light in dark­ness” but Lux Tene­bris op­er­ates al­most en­tirely in the shad­ows. The at­mos­phere is edgy and mys­te­ri­ous, cre­ated in no small part by the com­mis­sioned elec­tronic score from Nick Wales that evokes the vast­ness of the uni­verse as it buzzes, hums, clanks and drones. These dancers al­ways look sharp but here sleek­ness gives way to fe­ro­ciously strong and mus­cu­lar at­tack. They need it for this hugely de­mand­ing work. The evening opens with the re­turn of Alexan­der Ek­man’s Cacti, first danced by SDC in 2013. It’s a laugh-aloud funny jeux d’esprit that fizzes with en­ergy. Can­berra Theatre Cen­tre, Lon­don Cir­cuit, Civic Square, Can­berra. Opens Thurs­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $30-$69. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700 or on­line. Un­til May 21.

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