A review of the Paris Opera Ballet
by Laura Cappelle in The Financial Times.
Don't be put off by the pompous title or the strike currently playing havoc with Paris Opera performances: Wayne McGregors first evening-length creation for a ballet company, Lanatomie de la sensation, is a welcome surprise at the end of a rather pedestrian season. After a glacial first collaboration with the POB in 2007, Genus, this work for eleven soloists and a corps de ballet has uneven moments but brims with a more relaxed inventiveness.
Billed as a tribute to Francis Bacon, the piece intermittently references the painter, with silent screams among the corps de ballet and bursts of violence in one pas de deux. McGregors work, however, is too idiosyncratic to take the connection much further, and relies on his customary bright, minimalist sets and costumes for visual effect. Instead, the driving force in Lanatomie is the score, Mark-Anthony Turnages own homage to Bacon, Blood on the Floor.