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Review : Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas – Golden Hours (As You Like It) at Sadler’s Wells on 8th March 2016

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot (2)

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the acclaimed contemporary dance choreographer bought her dance company Rosas, to Sadler’s Wells for an ambitious project Golden Hours (As You Like It) which is inspired by the Shakespeare comedy As You Like It and features excerpts from Brian Eno’s Another Green World.

“Golden Hours” takes its name from a song on Eno’s 1975 album, “Another Green World,” and the start of the production involves the song played over and over as the 11 dancers walk, very slowly forward in unison. Lyrics like ‘How can moments go so slow’ and ‘The passage of time is flicking dimly up on the screen’ seem to take on a special relevance as both dancers and the music seems to be on an endless loop until the music stops and one of the dancers launches into a solo dance.

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot (6)

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot

Text is then projected on back of the stage that relates to the play “As You Like It.” and the dancers take on certain characters from the play and interpret the text and seek to give it meaning. Most dance works from a narrative derived from the dance and music, a narrative developed from unspoken text is far more unusual and creates an unusual experience for the audience. The words give the audience some insight into the dance actions and interactions, however most of the movements take place in silence except for the occasional piece of music by Eno, mostly performed by a guitarist and singer, Carlos Garbin.

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot (3)

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot

The most famous speech from As You Like It is ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances.’ In many respects, the dancers are playing out their characters by their understanding of the language of the play and then generating their own meanings. Sometimes this seems to relate to the projected text, yet at other times it seems unrelated. This perhaps indicates that the production is a confusing spectacle but as the show moves forward it seems to generate its own logic and becomes strangely engrossing. Whilst Aron Blom and Mikko Hyvonen tend to dominate the stage, the characters of the dancers seem as interchangeable as the gender roles.

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot (4)

Golden Hours Photo by Anne Van Aerschot

The latter acts of the play bring together ideas of love and seduction in the Forest of Arden, the dancers present a world full of interaction, couples are bought together and dragged apart , the stage is full of constant movement with dancers creating their own flow and rhythm within a piece with its own structure that illustrates how thoughts can produce dancing within the context of the play.

Golden Hours (As You Like It) is a remarkable piece of work on many levels that asks many questions of the dancers and the audience, at around two hours, the production has an intensity that is difficult to maintain but largely succeeds due to the considerable talent of the dancers. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s work tends to divide opinion but you have to respect the fact that she does not play it safe and often offers a radical and challenging piece of work.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

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