Provincial Essays seems an odd title for a work of contemporary dance: it evokes pastoral traditions, and vaguely suggests the image of a public figure-of-note in his or her sunset years retiring to the country to write memoirs – indeed, the original essays by Montaigne were a grab-bag of reflections on everything from diet to politics.

In Lola McLaughlan's Provincial Essays a sleepy pastoral backdrop proves the ideal setting in which to explore human and natural relationships, and the work does so with a subtlety and keen insight that belies any preconceived notions of parochialism.

Provincial Essays earns...

Provincial Essays

(in) habitat takes us on a dreamlike adventure with two wonderfully talented dancers; Tara Dyberg and Chengxin Wei. Their undulating bodies in the opening are a testimony to the incredible muscle control and strength these two dancers possess.

Whirling around the stage in unison, inches from one another, or intertwined, we are entranced by their innocence and form. This is a discovery of space through the use of imagination, and the ride we embark upon is one of enchantment.

Based on the writings The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, a French philosopher in the 1950`s, home...

Tara Dyberg and Chengxin Wei (in) habitat

A stark stage with muted lighting flooding the space in every direction, a man stands muscular, powerful. Motionless on stage left, he commences by moving his arms in an angular fashion, as if starting the engine of his being. He seems unsure when to begin. Is it fear holding him back?

I continued to ask similar questions throughout The Strange Adventure of Myself, choreographed by Serge Bennanthan and performed by Sylvain Senez, presnted by Les Productions Figlio.

“This piece became a study about dance, the memory of dance, about a life in dance and the dance of...

The Strange Adventure of Myself