Review: Carlos Acosta at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton

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This is a show danced and created by Carlos Acosta, comprising of choreography by a number of different dance makers and held together in a framework that told the story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman.

The lights, the shadows, the dancing and the music all told the story in a production that had little in the way of props.

Part two opened with a stage full of candles and the following slow motion film shot at 800 frames-per-second was extremely evocative in exploring both the positive and negative emotions that exist between two lovers. It was projected on a large screen and seamlessly transformed into the next scene and was a stand out moment for me.

The pairing of Carlos Acosta (often touted as one of the world’s favourite dancers) with Zenaida Yanowsky (principle with the Royal Ballet) was incredibly powerful. Their strength and sheer athleticism was absorbing and their ability to seemingly control each individual muscle in their body was fascinating.

The show culminated in the extremely powerful finale with the music and stage presence provided by Southampton Choral Society performing Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.

I feel I need to see this performance again to begin to unpick the different aspects of the relationship portrayed. The audience got to experience a fascinating piece of art.

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