Reviews of Random Dance in Wayne McGregor's "Atomos."
The Evening Standard
McGregor admits that a famous Eighties sci-fi film is a key reference for the tonal colours and projections of the piece. We watch as dancers turn from exquisite creatures to mutant beings — flipping over each other, coiling in strange, double-jointed geometries to preserve the atomic structure....
It opens wonderfully with a confident progression from a writhing group of bodies, to a sequence of sharply differentiated duets, then back to group dances for a contemporary chorus line who take hold of each other’s crossed hands with a kind of tentative wonderment.
Atomos features ten dancers who impress with their sinuous forms, a live orchestra playing in the wings, and an ambiently lit backdrop that sets the mood. At the beginning of the performance you are also given 3D glasses, to be worn when plasma screens make an appearance halfway through. The combination of the screens and the dancers is effective to a degree, but at times the screens seem inessential other than as a nod to the technology that underlies this production.