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#1 liebs

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 07:29 AM

David Gordon's new piece, Dancing Henry Five, is a powerful reduction of the Shakespeare play set to William Walton's music. Gordon finds a way using narration, brief fragments of Shakespeare's text and dance to create a powerful but subtle statement about war, heroism, and patriotism. The stage pictures are unusually beautiful and he creates battle scenes using only six or seven dancers. Tadjej Brdnik, who also dances with Graham, is a terrific Henry. He's both regal and wily. There are four more performances this Thurs - Sun at Danspace.

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 07:47 AM

Hm, that sounds very interesting. Does the piece cover both parts one and two of Henry IV (that would be quite ambitious as well as impressive!) or one part?

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 09:38 AM

There is a brief scene of Falstaff's death, which may be from Henry IV, part 2 but the rest is from Henry V.

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Posted 14 January 2004 - 04:08 PM

Oops! I definitely read your first post wrong. (I thought the whole thing was IV instead of V.) Sorry.


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