Maud Le Pladec’s thoughtful new piece examines the complex relationship at the heart of choreography.
Which came first: music or dance? Start really thinking about it, and we could be sat here for hours. It’s a chicken-or-egg conundrum that’s ostensibly captivated dancer/choreographer Maud Le Pladec throughout her entire career, along with other fascinating questions like: How does music mould everyday movement? And how can we translate sounds and rhythms most evocatively into dance? The Mathilde Monnier-trained Le Pladec has already impressed audiences with her appearance in Boris Charmatz’s ‘Enfant’ and her very own ‘Professor’, but ‘Poetry’ reaches whole new levels of thought-provoking excellence. Based around Fausto Romitelli’s electric guitar score ‘Trash TV Transe’, the 50-minute piece is brilliantly, zealously performed by two dancers (Le Pladec herself and Julien Gallée Ferré), alongside seasoned guitarist Tom Pauwels. Whether it’s the riffs pulling the performers’ strings or the other way round, that’s up to you to decide.
TRANSLATION: HUW OLIVER