Influenced by the Ausdruckstanz of Mary Wigman, the Butoh of Hijikata Tatsumi, the Tanztheater of Pina Bausch and other expressionist modern dance and physical theatre practitioners, this intense dance work was performed to an original sound design and against a set informed by the sculpture of Mark Dion, the American artist who works with rubbish. Indeed, Glut was a physically demanding exploration of the link between human consumption and environmental degredation. Key to this link were disturbing, visceral but theatrically-vivid kinetic images of overeating and retching, in effect treating bulimia as a metaphor for humankind’s abuse of natural resources. Interspersed within these kinetic images and choreographed sequences, which emphasised ensemble action, were images of a stiller and more visual kind involving disused plastic. At the start, for instance, a huge sheet of plastic lit from the side and shaped
into an iceberg seemed to creek then crack and ripple outwards as if melting. At the end, a thin and seemingly endless line of plastic was pulled with aching precision from the mouth of a corpse. Is that our future?
Bethany Dyke Performer