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La Nuit Intime review at Mr Lynch Newcastle upon Tyne

With La Nuit Intime Liv Lorent has created an alluring homage to nocturnal entertainment where fantasies and desires emerge from the shadows and come out to play.

Dressed in Paul Shriek’s sumptuous and decadent outfits, her dancers float around the crowded bar like fallen angels. Spread out over the space, they perform within inches of the audience with fearless abandon.

A couple embrace on a spinning podium; a girl teases with a burlesque routine, while another is transformed into a billowing blur of blonde locks and flowing skirts as she leans into a wind machine. Elsewhere a naked pregnant woman reclines on a rocking horse and a feathered creature soars seductively through the air on a swing.

The gorgeous imagery comes thick and fast as do the dance styles; an ever-changing smorgasbord of cabaret, flamenco, hip hop and ballet, powered by an equally eclectic soundtrack that takes in trip hop, South American rhythms, Eastern European gypsy music and even Nick Cave.

This is a bold production by Lorent who successfully meshes the show’s disparate parts into a wistful and seductive package. Even braver are the dancers who are left with little room for error and nowhere to hide.

Even so, the combination of the two and a half-hour running time and poor sight lines means your attention wanes throughout the night.

But perhaps this is the point – La Nuit Intime is less a dance piece and more an immersive Gothic art installation that seeps into your subconscious like a dream.

Production Information

Mr Lynch, Newcastle upon Tyne, Apr 30-May 1 then touring

Direction and choreography
Liv Lorent
Producer
Ballet Lorent
Cast
Gwen Berwick, Arran Knight, Juliet Thompson
Running time
2hrs 30mins

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