Mephisto Waltz

Derevo/Russian Season 2012

Assembly Roxy

From 05 August 2012 to 27 August 2012

Rating: *****

Review by Catherine Lamm

At opening we see the beginnings of a night’s adventure as a woman approaches and offers her company to a man leaning against the wall in the slight beam of light. Here we leave reality behind. With bodies that twist and jerk a bob, we are taken to another world; an underworld.

Dim lights and spotlights, silences and sound and music all work together. The five dancers are in and out with myriad props which end up littering the stage. At one point moths are drawn to a light and consequently to their deaths.

Derevo is a ground-breaking and dance-world-shaking company which cannot be defined or pigeon-holed. You have to just give in and follow.