Review: Shadow Aspect, Ballet Cymru by Helen Joy

“To know yourself, you must accept your dark side. To deal with others’ dark sides, you must also know your dark side.”

Carl Jung

Tonight, with this piece, Ballet Cymru gives us a vision of utter loveliness in dance, in theatre and in purpose. Tonight, I cry with the utter elevated beauty of it all.

The dancers are beautiful, confident story-tellers and they revel in the simple stories they tell.

Exposed and discerning, gentle and strong, they seem so utterly happy out there under the lights. Oblivious to the likes of me, gazing at them with wet eyes.

The painfully perfect shadow of the Royal Ballet is cast and it serves to brighten our Ballet Cymru. This is the most gorgeous coupling. We can feel the reverence and respect and sense the raising of the game; we are in the presence of greatness and its impact: the lifts a little higher, the smiles a little wider, the precision of ballet in the arena of modern dance.

And danced to such music! Such mournfully sweet song. Just perfect. It reaches inside me and touches the soul in me.

Stripped, bare, tops and tunics against dark stone wall, it is just light on dance, lightness and dancers. All darks and lights and thoughtfulness.

Visually, aurally, this is just sublime.

Shadow Aspect starts with Jung so should end with Jung:

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

Thank you, Ballet Cymru, for striking the match. 

Choreography By Tim Podesta

Music by French composer Jean-Phillipe Goude

With kind permission from www.icidailleurs.com

Stage design by Australian architect Andy Mero & Tim Podesta

Costumes Design Yukiko

Photo credit Jason Ashwood

http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/shadow-aspect/

 Reviewed by Helen Joy for Get the Chance, Friday 3rd November, 2017.

Helen Joy

 

 

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