The garbage bins from MTC’s production of Endgame are being packed away at the Southbank Theatre to make room for something completely different and much more energetic. It’s the Sydney Dance Company production Frame of Mind, headed for Melbourne (May 6-16) after Sydney and Canberra.
The Artistic Director of SDC, Rafael Bonachela has framed a widely acclaimed two-part program. The first, Quintett, is a work by William Forsythe, a towering figure of 20th century dance, created at his Frankfurt Ballet in 1993 in parallel with the death of his 32 year-old wife from cancer. The haunting score by Gavin Bryars is based on the song Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet. As the title suggests, the ballet is performed by five dancers, three men and two women, from this confident and maturing company.
The second, Frame of Mind, is newly choreographed by Bonachela for the entire company of dancers. The music is by Bryce Dessner from indie rock band The National, recorded by the Kronos Quartet, which has been so successful on several tours for Musica Viva. It is described as ‘contemporary-classical’, if that helps. The set is by Ralph Myers, Belvoir’s recent Artistic Director.
Unlike Sydney’s greatly admired Endgame, it seems the MTC production of Samuel Beckett’s end-of-world vision will not be much regretted, especially by the local critics. Beckett’s mournful garbage bins will give way to Frame of Mind with its vision of life and hope.
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