Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The World's Greatest Show

The World's Greatest Show, Paul Hamlyn Hall @ ROH - reviewed on 27th July
 
Arthur Pita's latest work explores the dance marathons of 1920s and 1930s America. Each lasting weeks or months, competitors would dance for 45 minutes of every hour, day and night, in order to win a cash prize.
  
Given shelter and regular meals, dancers represented the most impoverished members of society. The World’s Greatest Show effectively demonstrated the horrors of this exploitative form of entertainment as cast members progressed from enthusiastic to lifeless and exhausted as the hours ticked by.
 
The piece lacked the choreographic brilliance I am used to seeing from Pita, but was a thoroughly fascinating insight into the world of dance marathons.

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