Dancing has always been one of my favourite things to watch. I’m not into classical ballet but I adore contemporary dance. Over the past one and a half years I have been paying more attention to dance companies in the UK (there are so many – I had no idea before I started looking properly) and now and then one sticks out. One of those companies is Mischief who are currently developing a new dance piece called RED.
RED explores the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood and Dante’s Inferno and is being directed and choreographed by David Lloyd.
“Told through the character of the M.C. the story follows a relationship between RED and the wolf, passionate and intense. Through the change of season the two become consumed by the nature around them drawing the male to become animalistic, controlling, manipulative and the women to become victim, fragile, lost. RED descends into madness as the male transition from boy to wolf devouring her every move. In one last attempt to save her life RED battles the wolf for her territory, axing the wolf to death. BUT did the wolf actually exist or is RED playing both roles?” (taken from Mischief’s sharing website)
Company members for RED are Darragh Butterworth as WOLF, Vinicius Salles as THE M.C / DEVIL and Miranda Mac Letten as RED.
THE M.C. / DEVIL played by VINICIUS SALLES
“MIDWAY upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.”
(Canto 1 – INFERNO – THE DIVINE COMEDY BY DANTE ALIGHIERI)
Mischief has been sharing the development of RED via live stream over the past weeks. Please do yourself a favour and take a look at the recorded sharing of the past two weeks here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mischief-company-sharing
Right from the start I noticed that this is a show with a proper and clear storyline. Lets be honest, dance pieces have the tendency to not be very accessible unless you are a) familiar with the material or b) experienced in the world of dance theatre. RED is very much still in development and everything that has been shared is just a rough first look at what will be the finished show. But everything I’ve seen so far has proven that RED is going to be an exciting new dance piece – it’s funny and scary and it will move you to the core.
“Oh, grandmother, what big ears you have!”
“All the better to hear you with.”
“Oh, grandmother, what big eyes you have!”
“All the better to see you with.”
“Oh, grandmother, what big hands you have!”
“All the better to grab you with!”
“Oh, grandmother, what a horribly big mouth you have!”
“All the better to eat you with!”
(Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – Little Red Riding Hood)
RED is driven by a gripping plot told through dancing and acting. The three dancers are beyond talented and really bring the characters to life. I’ve been particularly impressed by the often raw physicality of the choreography. Combine this with a clever set and great music and you’ve got a mesmerising show.
Dance theatre rarely gets the same amount of support as musical theatre. And as much as I like my musicals (and I know most of the people reading this do too) I really urge everyone to keep an eye out for all the exciting dance pieces that are being performed at venues across the UK.
‘A gentleman is simply a patient wolf’
As for RED – take a look at the recorded sharing and if you like what you see please show your support. You can find Mischief on Facebook and Twitter @Companymischief . Do get in touch and share your thoughts on RED. The Mischief guys are really nice people and would love to hear from you.
And please spread the word and keep an eye out for all the exciting things to come. It’s not every day you get the chance to see a brilliant dance piece being developed right before your eyes.