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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Review: What The Body Does Not Remember at Northern Stage



The Show That Stomps

What The Body Does Not Remember
With Timeless Youth Dance
NewcastleNorthern Stage
Until 18th March 2015.

Timeless Youth Dance in rehearsal
The evening began with a free evening outdoor performance with the Northumberland based Timeless Youth Dance Group, who are aged 13-16, and have been working with choreographer Nadia Iftkhar and musician Mariam Rezaei to create an intricate new ten minute piece which has been inspired by What The Body Does Not Remember. The eleven dancers threw themselves into their performance and fully deserved the warm applause that they received.

Wim Vandekeybus originally brought What The Body Does Not Remember to the world in 1987. He had created a brutal, physical show which could list Iggy Pop amongst its fans. His Ultima Vez company now revisits the piece with a new cast 28 years later and it has lost none of the original power. This is not a pretty show but it is very thrilling. The accompanying music by Thierry De May and Peter Vermeersch pulsates as the journey proceeds.

What the Body Does Not Remember Photo: Danny Willems
The company of dancers took full advantage of the venue’s wide stage. At the start it seemed to be a case of the trouble of getting to sleep. The tempo soon escalates with bricks flying across the stage in a potentially dangerous game of catch. This was not the only point that the dancers had to really trust one another as they needed to be pushed out of the way just in time before the object lands. The cast start stealing each others jackets and towels in an anarchic game of tag. The dystopian nightmare was inter-dispersed with lighter moments which made the audience chuckle.

What the Body Does Not Remember Photo: Danny Willems
After an examination of the uncomfortable side of relationships that seemed to border on bullying, the talented and hardworking cast had a go at throwing clothing catalogue style poses to comic effect. The melodrama had quite a lot of stomping action which needed pin point timing to ensure no accidents.

An exhilarating exploration of physical theatre. What The Body Does Not Remember is another triumph for the Dance Touring Partnership who have brought the show across for the UK tour.

This review was written by Stephen Oliver for Jowheretogo PR (www.jowheretogo.com). Follow Jo on twitter @jowheretogo, Stephen @panic_c_button or like Jowheretogo on Facebook www.facebook.com/Jowheretogo

What the Body Does Not Remember Photo: Danny Willems
Dancers:
Germán Jauregui Allue, Jorge Jauregui Allue, Guilhem Chatir, Léa Dubois, Claire Lamothe, Pavel Mašek, Eddie Oroyan, Aymará Parola, Revé Terborg

Director, Choreography & Scenography: Wim Vandekeybus

Original Music: Thierry De May and Peter Vermeersch

Rehearsal Director: Eduardo Torroja

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Tickets:
What The Body Does Not Remember? Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm
Recommended Age: 14+
Post-show discussion: Tue 17 Mar
Running time: 85 min (no interval)
Tickets: £24, £19.50 & £14.50 / Students & U21s £12

The tour’s final date is 20th March at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. Details: http://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/shows/performance/ultima-vez

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