Rambert’s youth company – Rambert 2 – is back at Sadler’s Wells with a triple bill of distinctive pieces.
Terms and Conditions is a new work by Jermaine Maurice Spivey, a dancer from Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot. The piece explores what it is to be part of a collective, the paradox of wanting to be part of a tight-knit community with its sense of belonging, but also the longing to break free and assert your independence. Dressed in white aprons with mirrored masks, the dancers dart across the stage as a pack, their robotic and angular movements set to a backdrop of broken words. There was a disconnect between the speech and the movement, with the dancers struggling to create a synergy between the two.
Sin, a duet from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet’s 2010 work Babel(words), is performed by two extraordinary dancers – Prince Lyons and Minouche Van de Ven. As Lyons stands facing us, he begins to form intricate shapes with his hands. He traces his cheek, as a teardrop falls, then his fingers start to flutter like a bird’s wings. Van de Ven begins to move across his body, and the two of them interlace like serpents, arching their backs before twisting into a tangled web on the floor. There’s a heated sensuality to their movements that speaks of a desire to take control of the relationship.
Sama (the ancient Greek word for body) is a new work choreographed by Andrea Miller, artistic director of Brooklyn company Gallim. Dressed in vibrant silk, the dancers’ hands brush through the air as if throwing water over their bodies. The dancers move with clarity and grace and the piece as a whole makes a bold finale to the programme.