Review (Sept. 30, 2021): "Deborah Hay explores the body's movement patterns - but backwards"

"Deborah Hay explores the body's movement patterns - but backwards"

(Review of "Horse" by Deborah Hay, published in Dagens Nyhetter. 2021-09-30)

(Excerpt from the EN translation:)

"The world premiere of "Horse, the solos", danced by the Cullberg Ballet at the Stora teatern, is like a seven-man solo and much more magnificent and sublime than dance, writes Josefine Wikström.

What does a dance that does not want to look like a dance look like? Or rather, what does a dance look like that does not contain synchronous steps in time to music, recognizable dance styles or movements, nor is it traditionally structured with solos, duets and ensemble dancing?

Deborah Hay's new work "Horse, the solos" performed with the Cullberg Ballet and with a world premiere at the Stora teatern in Gothenburg, is an unusually successful example of this. The difficulty with this tradition is that art can easily appear as either unformed and formless or as an expression of a naive anti-modernism. But in Hay's exhaustion of dance as language and convention, this seven-man solo becomes something much more grand and sublime than dance.",sc

"Horse, the solos"

Choreography: Deborah Hay

Music: Graham Reynolds

Costume: Behnaz Aram

Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen

With: The Cullberg Ballet

Location: The Grand Theater