This show followed the theme of time. Lunas Dance Project’s new work Measuring Time started and ended the show, framing works by guest companies in the middle.

Measuring Time: Part 1 and Part 2. The piece began as Ellie Aldegheri moved a stone from a heap at the side of the stage to a new pile beside it; she danced a powerful solo, then joined all the dancers grouped at the back. There were fast sequences of intense movement on, off, around and across the stage, and with big umbrellas and newspapers, including a solo of quiet intensity from Elly Tiburcio. Part 2 began with another short solo, followed by circular and diagonal patterning, duets, trios and canons of physically powerful movement with arabesques, turns and balances. Ellie again moved one stone away, danced a short solo then moved the stones to centre stage. All danced on the floor in a circle around them and then returned to their original group in a final stillness.

The stones seemed to suggest the passing of time, and the circular and diagonal patterning of the dancers the fact that time is both circular and linear. The dancers all had a strong appearance in short black dresses and neat hair. The atmospheric music, by L. Einaudi, C. Young and Z. Keating, suited the piece very well. The dance was technically complex but it was very well rehearsed, and each dancer gave it her all with total commitment to the movement and to the piece.

Slaves to Music: Running After Time. Slaves to Music were five female dancers with a strong image of crisp white shirts, buttoned at the neck with big silver pearl necklaces under the collar, and over black crop tops, big black pants and nude footless tights, with long high pony tails, black eyelashes and dark pink lipstick. Choreographed by Valentin Lambert, the piece was energetic and dynamic with fast, fluid, clear and specific movements including lots of intricate hand and arm motifs, punctuated by moments of still clear poses and some interesting lifts.

Nocturn Dance: Fractured Landscapes. This duet, performed by John Darvell and Debbie Camp, began with a phone ringing and an answered, “Hello?”.  It had an atmosphere of sadness and quietness with intimate, gentle, careful movements, use of the floor and some good lifts, and the sensitive presence of both the dancers to the piece and to each other. I would have liked it to have referred back to the phone call at the end of the piece; and the costuming of formal shirts with black shorts to my mind made the dancers look half dressed.

Nia Williams: Time Was, Time Is, Time will Be. The band consisted of three female singers with flute, drums, bass and keyboards set up along the back of the stage for some jazzy and melodious music. This was a cue for Lunas Dance, in brightly coloured dresses and socks, to provide some fun, lively and high octane dancing, with much smiling and yelping, before a quick exit.

This was an enjoyable evening of professional, polished, energetic and beautiful dancing.  I am really looking forward to the next one!

Jane Connelly

22nd May 2014