Corali brought together its most recent work in a rare opportunity to see the breadth of the Company’s current practice in the foyer of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank on 4 December. Sophie Partridge was there to review the programme
First up Corali performed 'Little Bird'. The programme described it as a `live version’ of a filmed piece! This was a duet performed by Bethan Kendrick and Graham Evans. Together, they evoked a sense of flight through the use of movement, props and by repeating a sequence of intricate hand shapes. Feathers flew and a touch of magic was added, with coloured silk scarves momentarily floating in the air. Bethan and Graham had a clearly established performance relationship, which was good to see.
The film 'One of a Kind, comprised Little Bird' and 'At Last'. Here, 'Little Bird' was performed by Graham, as a site specific piece in London. Shot in what appeared to be a tunnel, his bird-like movements were well-framed within the curves of the ceiling.
Bethan’s performance in 'At Last', was the more engaging of the two pieces. Again a site specific piece and incorporating a cluster of coloured balloons, the dance was set to a great love song. Bethan responded, one minute caught in the moment and the next, walking away nonchalantly leaving the balloons behind...
Next we saw the documentary 'Jump, Turn, Speak!', filmed by Samuel Dore. It provided an insight into how Corali create their work through different devising techniques and also incorporated soundbite-style interviews with company members. This provided context for the final, live piece.
'Thinking along the same lines' was performed by the ensemble. The whole company came together in a magnetic way, exploring the idea of lines of attraction between individuals through their devising process. Lines constantly shifting, sometimes breaking and reforming and finally, all performers coming together as a flock.
'One Of A Kind' was enjoyable and accessible to watch. However I felt each of the performers capable of giving more and that content could have been more `challenging’, Corali are definitely a company whose work is worth getting to know...