Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Cassandra

Cassandra, Royal Ballet, Linbury Studio Theatre @ ROH - reviewed on 1st November
 
Olivia Cowley
Photo: ROH / Andrej Uspenski
Cassandra poses several interesting questions about mental illness: What is it? How does it occur? Does treatment actually help?

Unfortunately, Ludovic Ondiviela’s choreography doesn’t provide the answers. Whilst his captivating opening number includes dancers rapidly changing places and leaning on tables to form interesting shapes, other moments lack both innovation and expressiveness.
  
As Cassandra (Olivia Cowley) experiences visions and goes into hospital, the choreography shows her (and her family’s) discomfort, but doesn’t explain her feelings or what is going on in her head. The title character’s relationship to her ancient namesake, singer Ana Silvera, is also unclear.
  
Cassandra’s subject matter is interesting but the choreography leaves too many issues unresolved.

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