From where does an accomplished dancer dance? From every pore of their body.
From where does a very accomplished dancer dance? From every pore of their body inspired by the heart.
From where does a supremely accomplished dancer dance? From every pore of their body inspired by the heart and reflected through their eyes.
Enduring is the joy, infectious, exquisite and soul melting, that is caught from dancers performing in full intercourse, not just with an apt freedom to effect poetry in motion, but to share the flight to naked bliss through their eyes. These are the inestimable moments which we, the audience, crave.
A superlative example of dancers who penetrate each other’s soul as well as the audience’s heart, was provided by Amy Harris and Brett Simon of the Australian Ballet who stood out with their performance in the title piece directed by David McAllister, at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Brintley originally choreographed the work for the Royal Birmingham Ballet in 2012 in anticipation of the London Olympics.
Harris and Simon dance the roles of two wrestler-fighters competing in an Olympic games. Watching them perform is like being privy to seeing elite athletes undress each other from the strictures of sublime sport to the subtle intimacy of tremulous love making.
For me, it rekindled the excitement that I experienced in the incomparable engagement and spine tingling connectedness of the two nude dancers from the Sydney Dance Company who achieved a mesmerising feat of delicious intimacy as they performed in front of the painting The Wrestlers – a painting then on show in Sydney from the Tate Gallery.
With this production of David Bintley’s FASTER, the Australian Ballet boldly break the grammar of classical ballet and explore the gutsy beauty of contemporary dance.