Golden Hours; Institute reviews – from a comedy of errors to a taut tale of terror

Sadler’s Wells; The Place, London
An inert retelling of As You Like It strips the Bard of humour, but Gecko’s latest walk on the psyche’s wild side is shot through with dread

Golden Hours is a danced version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, created by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her company, Rosas. The work, De Keersmaeker tells us in the novella-length programme that accompanies the show, is linked with the principle “my talking is my dancing” and “based on creating a social dimension of communication between dancers through movement”. The piece’s title comes from a song of the same name by Brian Eno, which plays four times in succession during a prologue in which the 11-strong cast walk up and down the stage at varying speeds and with occasional interpolated gestures.

Related: As you dance it: Brian Eno and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker do Shakespeare

All that holds them together is a desperate and hopeless compassion

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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