Tuesday 28 June 2011

Mirror & Music Or: Bangers & Mash

I love going to Sadler's Wells dance theatre in London. They book the most inspiring performers, and tickets are cheaper than a visit to the movies if you don't mind sitting up high under the rafters. I go and see a few shows during the Flamenco Festival every February, and because the theatre offers a 20% discount on tickets when you book for more than one show at a time, I always make sure to browse the calender of events for the rest of the year. This is how Marco and I ended up going to see the amazing Mirror And Music by Japanese dancer and choreographer Saburo Teshigawara a few days ago. 

Before the show, we had dinner at S&M (that's for Sausages & Mash, people!). They serve all kinds of classic British food that has a home-cooked vibe and huge comfort appeal. 

I went for the eponymous bangers & mash and chose the London Traditional and a vegetarian mushroom-and-tarragon variety from the pick'n'mix sausage menu. Eating this with copious amounts of gravy while sitting in the sun by the open diner window and drinking the bottle of wine that came in a special offer bundle made for two happy campers.

Thus fortified, we went on to take our seats at the theatre. I did not really know what to expect and was completely blown away by the talent of the 8 dancers. They performed ever so precisely and graciously in a surreal environment of shadow and light, white noise and classical music. I was emotionally touched by their dance and mesmerized by their movement. I could not describe what it was exactly that moved me about the performance, but I admired the sense of fluidity and fragility that I felt the piece conveyed. I felt like I was going through a series of dreams. Here is a short video excerpt of the show: 


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