Dance

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Ea­monn Kelly

Faster This year’s Aus­tralian Bal­let con­tem­po­rary triple bill ex­plores a sin­gle theme: the ex­ces­sive, clam­orous en­ergy that per­me­ates mod­ern hu­man en­deav­our. The uni­fy­ing theme, en­ergy, is glo­ri­fied dis­sected and cri­tiqued through three con­trast­ing lenses: com­pet­i­tive sport, sys­tems the­ory and city life. Bri­tish chore­og­ra­pher David Bint­ley’s Faster of­fers a ram­bling pageant of Olympic sport­ing mo­ments, sat­u­rated with a vi­va­cious, im­i­ta­tive chore­og­ra­phy in which a vast va­ri­ety of sports are de­picted through stylised, mildly hu­mor­ous ap­pro­pri­a­tions. The work’s only whiff of emo­tion comes dur­ing a melo­dra­matic pas de deux in which themes of in­jury and re­cov­ery are laid on with a trowel. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tick­ets: $52-$238. Book­ings: (02) 9318 8200 or on­line. Opens April 7.

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