Archive for August 20th, 2008

Preview of Wayne McGregor’s “Ignite” program at the Royal Opera House

August 20, 2008

Well, after the initial “nothing happening” of the Ignite website, some content has finally been added (not that they bothered to email me about it … I guess I signed up on the list just for the sake of killing a few minutes online). It appears that Random Dance will be doing an outdoor piece at Covent Garden. I’m excited about this because I love it when dance integrates itself with a space – so often it’s done in the sterile confines of a concert hall, but when done outside, it can actually do things to make a space come alive. I’ll never forget the piece I saw danced at Arizona State University’s Nelson Fine Arts center – it’s a wonderfully designed building and the dancers made me really appreciate how special it was.

Who knows if I’ll come away from this event with a sudden appreciation of the genius of Covent Garden, but one can hope. According to another guy’s blog (can’t figure out his name from the one page), there’s going to be some cool installation pieces up, too, including a “playable light sculpture” by Sophie Clements (never heard of her before, but, well, that doesn’t mean much). I have to figure out how to coordinate a visit to this event with the visit of a friend of mine from the States (occuring over that same weekend), but my fingers are crossed that somehow the list of events will entice her into going. That said … sometimes my artistic tastes have little in common with those of “normal” people and I just have to accept the fact that I may have to go alone. I do sincerely hope that in this case I don’t wind up not getting to go at all because I’m needing to play hostess.

(The Ignite festival takes place September 12, 13, and 14th, 2008.)

PS: The website refers to “Wayne McGregor, one of the dance world’s most iconic figures” – now, that’s going to make his head fat. I mean, is he up there with Balanchine and Merce Cunningham and Jiri Kylián? I don’t think so.