Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance FAR 2011: A Review

by giselletellstales

Performed on 5th October 2011, 1930, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The celebrated choreographer’s show opens with an entrancing setting: a pair of dancers moving in the centre of a barely-lit stage, its four corners brightened up by burning torches. Full of energy and incredible talent, the two dancers set the mood of the entire performance: fluid movements evocative of imagery and subjective interpretation.

McGregor’s dancers were encouraged during rehearsals to invent their own routines. Innovative and passionate, the result is an intimate expression of emotions playing a pivotal part in each scene, rekindling feelings of companionship, deception, isolation, death. Music is refreshing and extreme; the sudden arrival of rock music lends its own textures to a set of dance steps. Technology is an integral element, and compliments the theme of each scene. A board of dancing lights present from the beginning is transformed to a digital clock and appears to measure certain routines.

The dancers are athletes, fulfilling rapid and physically-testing moves. Bringing their individual and harmonious styles to the show contributes greatly to the cutting-edge and futuristic vision of McGregor. The entire production is radical in its approach and makes one consider the immense possibilities in modern dance. It is all at once liberating, a performance expressive of desire and a celebration of being alive.