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Choreographer's Sun shines light on happiness

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Hofesh Shechter Company

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Theatre Royal Plymouth

Dance fans are spoilt for choice at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth – a regular stopping off place for well-established companies like Rambert, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Matthew Bourne, who brings his new work Lord of the Flies to The Lyric next year.

But thanks to the theatre's membership of Dance Consortium, there's also a chance to see work by well-known international companies and also watch new names develop their work.

Hofesh Shechter set up his own company in 2008 and began bringing his exciting choreography to Plymouth two years later.

This week Sun, only premiered earlier this year, burst on to the Lyric stage – full of Hofesh's trademark energy, percussive score and loose-limbed choreography.

It begins, we are told, with a short extract of the final moments, to reassure us that there is a happy ending to come.

What follows is a clever and literate journey through darkness into light, from sorrow into joy in a score that veers from Irving Berlin's Let's Face the Music and Dance and Abide with Me to Hofesh's own hypnotic drum-driven score, echoing some basic human rhythm that draws us in and connects us with the dancers.

It is less a dance performance, more an emotional experience.

SU CARROLL

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