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Fucking Burn it Festival – Dansmuseet – PAS DE DEUX SANS TOI – 10th October 2015

http://new.jusdelavie.org/?page_id=254

 

PAS DE DEUX SANS TOI

Dancers: Lindy Larsson, Charlotta Öfverholm

Choreography: Charlotta Öfverholm

Music: Lauri Antila

Dance/song: Lindy Larsson, Charlotta Öfverholm

Costume: Sari Nuttunen

Lighting: Tobias Hallgren

Rope Choreography: Linnea Backgard

 

The program describes this performance as:

A burlesque compote inspired by Louise Bourgeoises’ poems and installations, Lindy Larsson singing, troubles of love and Mother Earth spiced with double bass and irony.

As a new pupil to the school of “Charlotta Öfverholm, Compagnie Jus de la Vie” I find it hard to categorise her style of dance but it embraces physical theatre, burlesque, contemporary dance, music, comedy and the voice; all mixed together into a feast of delights and gripping theatre. There is a juxtaposition of the two performers with Öfverholm tiny in stature but large in performance and Larsson giant in form and equally powerful in dance with a voice that is incredible in both pitch and volume. The performance engenders a plethora of emotions ranging from acute tenderness to ferocity of movement and sound with Larsson’s booming voice and Öfverholm exuding gentleness and femininity.

charlotta ofverholm

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The performance commences with Öfverholm dancing with a lettuce jammed in her mouth, which reminded me of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster image, so I was a little hesitant as to what she had in store for her audience. How she danced with this ever-present greenery let alone breathe was interesting but did not overshadow her performance. Larrson bursts onto the stage with his tall gait commandeering Öfverholm moving her around like a rag-doll manipulating her body with such force and acute timing. It is a pas de deux such as you have never seen before. The lettuce is seized by Larsson as he eats his way through this dance, whilst spinning, spitting or whirling Öfverholm; at times removing lettuce leaves from her person in places that are so intimate with gentleness in both touch and movement. Throughout Lauri Antila’s soundscore is a perfect accompaniment to Öfverholm’s choreography.

When Larsson enters again playing the accordion with his beautiful singing voice filling the theatre, Öfverholm partners him with a pas de deux consumed with feminine guiles and humour. The combination of dance and music at this instance is mesmerising particularly as Öfverholm playfully tests the keys of the accordion like a new pupil as Larsson guides her to the right note, delightful!

Charlotta and Lindy Larsson

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I´m afraid of silence
I´m afraid of the dark
I´m afraid to fall down
I´m afraid of insomnia
I´m afraid of emptiness
Is something missing?        

Louise Bourgeois

Öfverholm’s delivery of Bourgeoise’s words are tender and poignant, her voice both strong and expressive. Öfverholm as the mature dancer is a sight to behold, lithe, her limbs defined by her musculature and her core strength is incredible, most noted as she defies gravity by shimming up a rope dangling from the high ceiling of the Rolf de Maré Theatre. She seems incredibly at ease as she performs beautiful movements with the ease of someone totally at home with extreme elevation. Lets not forget this is a woman in her fifties who has the physique and strength of someone much, much younger.

Her life experience as a dance artist is exemplified in this performance; her grasp and delivery of the movements trail-blazes a dance vocabulary that is known from within, relived, re-examined and delivered with such tenacity that its intensity is overwhelming.  When moving on terra firma it is hard to keep your eye on Öfverholm as she darts here, there and everywhere covering the floor with the speed of a cheetah, so feline are her movements. There are moments of stillness that seem to ripple through your own body and then she is off at a speed throwing herself onto the ground and seeming to bounce back like lightning. This is not some sort of theatricality but her own dance motif that is totally individual to her and captivating to behold.

Larsson, the alpha male and Öfverholm, the sensuous and playful foil, it is indeed a match made in heaven.

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