AllouAqui Dance Theatre is a captivating mix of contemporary movement and theatre. It pushes expectations and boundaries with confidence and ease.
The normal and absurd, logical and instinctual are inseparable creating vignettes of huge contrast and variation. It is a winning combination performed with superb confidence by this vibrant duo.
Milan’s Game is presented by the hugely impressive Delicia Sefhia and Xavier De Santos. As a couple, they explore romantic role play; from the humorous explorations of first dates to satire and the occasional fight for domination in sexual encounters.
The deft mix of theatre alongside the movement directed by Samuel De La Torre allows the real and surreal to clash and exist together with ease.
The myth of the ideal lover is never far away, yet there is no comment or opinion; just a joyful sense of play and challenge.
The musical underscoring is often mixed with silence and on one occasion with a documentary voice over. The continual subversion of expectation keeps the piece alive and inspiring at each turn.
AllouAqui have brought a unique vision to Bath Fringe, there is a quirky originality in the production that stays long after the piece has finished.
The constantly changing rhythms and pace reflect the true passage of relationships. Sometimes in alignment and often in opposition the excellent choreography by the cast reflect a deep desire to create something fresh and inspiring.
There has rarely been quite so much humour in a dance piece, this reflects the pushing of the boundaries and the further they push the more successful they become.
This is now an established company in the region. Their next stop is Edinburgh and no doubt the opportunity to be seen by a wider audience will create some exciting conversations.
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Reviewer: Petra Schofield
Milan’s Game, performed by AllouAqui Dance Theatre, is showing at the Tovey Hall in Bath on Saturday 8th June, at 7.30pm.
Find out more on the Bath Fringe website here.