Beginning the final night of Resolution! 2016, Salah El Brogy presents a raw and pensive solo performance in Glitch. El Brogy examines the struggle of accessing memories, combining strong spoken word in his native Arabic and an animalistic physicality. Clever use of lighting and alarm sounds point to a ‘malfunction’ that brings El Brogy’s dynamic sequences of capoeira- style hurling arms and percussive shifts to an abrupt halt. ‘It’s like… the words… disappear from…’ he stumbles and falters, trying to force a memory back to life. Glitch is, above all, sincere. Despite the possible language barrier of using Arabic, I feel drawn into El Brogy’s struggle.
Tokyo-born Yukiko Masui’s It Takes Two Too is a sexy, sultry landscape of Latin flavours, gently rolling hips and slow electronica. Dressed neutrally, the two couples are clad in black turtleneck tops and black ankle length skirts, revealing bare thighs through an open slit. Masui’s investigation of gender norms presents itself as same-gender pairings, as well as women leading their male counterparts. Dancers Masui and KJ L. Mortimer gently manipulate Franco Conquest and Gareth Mole’s necks and hips, before throwing them into high energy, muscular floor sequences. While the commentary on gender norms doesn’t evolve further, It Take Takes Two Too is a slick and seductive work.
The triple bill closed on a high with Pro-Motion’s playful Ideas in Motion. Dabbling with comedic sketches, amusing vocal percussion and slow-motion references to Chariots of Fire, choreographer Brooke Milliner creates a truly entertaining work of hip-hop. Slapstick gunfights remind us of Tom and Jerry cartoons, while crisp unison, fast-paced footwork and breaking showcase the group’s technical skills. The group’s cohesion is unmistakable. A wholly enjoyable evening, with exciting artists and collectives to watch out for in the future.
Resolution 2016 ended with a finely varied trio of works kick-started by Salah El Brogy’s Glitch, a carefully layered solo about memories and their loss for which I supplied dramaturgical feedback.
The simple, gender-fluid premise of Yukiko Masui’s It Takes Two Too, created with her three black-clad fellow dancers, is that men and women alike can be both leaders and followers. All four sport tight, long-sleeved tops and slit skirts as they shift and partner-swap their way through a slow, then swift, mix of Latin and contemporary moves. Masui herself dances with blade-like concision. Accomplished as the piece is, to me it felt as if there’s more to be mined from the material. Distinctly promising.
Pro-Motion is a new collective populated by members of some of the UK’s more notable street crews. Choreographed by dancer Brooke Milliner, and with popping as a shared speciality, the six men in Ideas in Motion are ace entertainers who demonstrate how much fun it can be when testosterone-fuelled, competitive aggression is channelled into humour. To christen their work a hip hop dance version of sketch comedy is no bad thing, especially when the results are this fresh and engaging. A satisfying end to a good night out.