The Chapter House

Dancer/choreographer Zoi Dimitriou won a deserved ovation at Laban theatre at the end of this extraordinary work which acts as a kind of five-chapter retrospective of her recent creations. She revisited them through a combination of her own brilliant dancing – her slo-mo and stop-start animation routines were mesmerising – and through video filmed live by Mark Coniglio then projected on to sheets and cards strung across the stage. Dimitriou introduced each chapter – mythos (plot), phileo (brotherly love), ptosis (fall), crisis (turning point) and anastasis (resurrection) – with a narration spoken backwards during the first part but repeated the right way round during the filmic playback. The result was challenging, certainly. But it was also an hour of beauty and intellectual stimulation.

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