Dance

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

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. Ends tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $30-$69. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 30min in­clud­ing in­ter­val.

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