12 April 2013

Football as dance

A dance tribute to the art of football

chor. Jo Strømgren  (1997, 2009)

Jo Strømgren Kompani  (Oslo)

Harbourfront, World Stage, Toronto
12 April 2013

I was expecting a team, but there are at most only four dancers on stage (one a boyishly cute girl). The piece has all the gestures and attributes of soccer from the mystique of the ball, opposition,  aggressions, coach, and referee. It is at times quite ingenious as individualities gradually express themselves, with even homoerotic moments. A collective shower à poil is a fitting end to an hour of clever mayhem.

rating: ✶✶✶✶ (of 5)