This Is and A Study in Absence/A Study in Presence
In spite of the billing, This Is isn’t a dance-in-progress anymore, but a fully-formed piece that sets new standards for Croí Glan Integrated Dance. Choreographer Adam Benjamin is a veteran creator for disabled and non-disabled dancers and has never focussed on the politics of different bodies onstage. Instead, he gives unwavering attention to the movement and This Is displays this creative guile, particularly in the seductive quintets where the performers continually merge and split into short duos and trios. His craftsmanship was well-rewarded with committed performances from the five dancers.
A Study in Absence/A Study in Presence is a bit more rough and ready, and is still finding itself as a work. Nevertheless, Nick Bryson’s exploration of the immediacy of juggling and the perceived inaccessibility of dance is performed with a mixture of charm, dexterity and just the right amount of self-reflection.