Luke Jennings reviews Scottish Ballet for the Observer:http://www.guardian....-claxton-review
The Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo is resident choreographer at Boston Ballet. Popular and prolific, he has made work for numerous companies, especially in the US, and recently Scottish Ballet director Ashley Page commissioned him to create a new piece for the Glasgow-based company. The result is Kings 2 Ends. Taking fast and structurally complex pieces of music Steve Reich's Double Sextet and Mozart's Violin Concerto No 1 the Finnish choreographer floods the stage with dancers performing neoclassical steps enhanced with quixotic details. We see classical flourishes, jazzy noodles and a flash of R&B diva-strut, and we bathe in the aura of zeitgeisty cool.
A related review by Clifford Bishop for the Independent:http://www.independe...gh-2348775.html
Picture the sketchbook for one of those teeming medieval paintings by Hieronymous Bosch, where people with tails ride winged fish or crawl, supple as maggots, through gargantuan fruits, and birds hatch from between the buttocks of priests.
Now imagine it scaled down, bowdlerised and brought to life by some surreal love child of Joan Miro and Hanna-Barbera, and you'll have a fair idea of the visual world occupied by Jorma Elo's new dance for Scottish Ballet.