Saturday, 3 May 2014

Reading with Bach

Ruth Elder with dancer Fred Gehrig
Photo: Martin Collins
Reading with Bach, Lizzi Kew Ross & Co, Clapham Omnibus - reviewed on 2nd May
 
Steven Fry's quote, that "reading leads you everywhere", is featured on Reading with Bach's publicity materials. It is this idea – that written words can transport their readers to exciting imagined worlds – that Lizzie Kew Ross's creation attempts to explore.
  
Choreographically, a rather lukewarm statement is made. Three dancers walk, sit and roll, with their eyes constantly fixated on the books in front of them.
 
But what is impressive about Reading with Bach is Ruth Elder’s violin score inspired by and including the work of the title composer. Performed live onstage by Elder and Una Palliser, it's well worth hearing.

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