Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Dance review: At Swim Two Boys
Perceptive people, or indeed just people, might guess that purely artistic reasons weren't the only thing behind me booking for this show. And it is indeed a very sexy hour of dance, which ends up being probably its biggest strength. The two dancers have a believable chemistry and fearless physicality in what looks like a treacherous show. It's left to the projections (by Steve Vearncombe, Jim Ennis and Gerald Tyler) and the occasional voiceover (by O'Neill and Ennis) to give an idea of the historical context, while the music (by Roger Mills, Frank Naughton, Sion Orgon and Felix Otaola) mixes traditional-sounding Irish music (there's a lot of accordion) with electric guitar to give a feel of the setting. As for the religious conflicts that colour Irish history, by the time the dancers are down to their clingy bathing suits you can see what religion they aren't, does that count? So it's a show that feels only vaguely connected to its original story, but has a nice mix of the high-powered and the more subdued to keep it visually and emotionally interesting, and remains intensely sexy throughout.
At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill and Earthfall is booking until the 25th of February at Riverside Studio 3; then continuing on tour to Plymouth, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Worcester, Salford, Caernarfon, Lincoln, Southampton and Newport.
Running time: 1 hour straight through.