Dance review: Im (Goldenen) Schnitt I
Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Im (Goldenen) Schnitt I at Festival Theatre, reviewed by Kelly Apter
Originally created by German dance theatre pioneer Gerhard Bohner in 1989, Im (Goldenen) Schnitt I has since become more synonymous with Barcelonan dance maker Cesc Gelabert. Since re-constructing the work in 1996, four years after Bohner’s death, Gelabert has performed it all over the world – and it’s easy to see why, almost 20 years later, he’s still doing it.
In short, it lives and breathes in him. Each slow step across the stage, each twitch of the knee or undulating hand looks so natural, it’s as if Gelabert created the solo himself. But he didn’t – and the admiration Gelabert feels for Bohner’s work (eloquently described during his talk the previous day, as part of the Dance Odysseys weekend) is there in every move.
During the middle section, Gelabert works his way down the body, from the head to feet, exploring what each bit can do. It is, as he aptly describes it, “the anatomy of the human condition”. It’s not just Gelabert’s movement or Bohner’s choreography that makes this piece so special, however. Book I of Bach’s gorgeous Well Tempered Clavier also plays its part, as do the installations of sculptor Vera Röhm.
This isn’t a work for every palate, but when the lights went down at the end, I wanted to stay and watch the whole thing all over again.
Originally published in The Scotsman