This video from England says about itself:
Lest We Forget: Trailer
24 March 2014
Lest We Forget includes three new commissions by Akram Khan [Dust], Russell Maliphant [Second Breath] and Liam Scarlett [No Man’s Land]. George Wiliamson’s Firebird completes the programme.
By Peter Lindley in Britain:
Wednesday 9th April 2014
Lest We Forget — Barbican Centre, London EC2
On the face of it a dance programme commemorating the onset of the first world war might seem a lightweight proposition.
The English National Ballet production, a quartet of contemporary ballet and dance works from the ENB’s Liam Scarlett and guest choreographers, is something of a triumph.
Equally compelling are Ksenia Ovsyanick and Junor Souza, who give a mesmerising display of power and characterisation in George Williamson’s brilliant depiction of a decadent society in pursuit of beauty in the Firebird.
But in stark contrast to the lyrical impulses of Scarlett and Williamson it is the shocking tableaux of falling soldiers in Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath that provide the programme with its most sensitive act of remembrance for lives sacrificed.
Akram Khan, dancing in Dust (pictured) and pushing physicality to the very limits, makes an equally striking impression.
In a duet with ENB’s artistic director Tamara Rojo, Khan’s persona appear to be at the mercy of invisible forces in a desolate yet ferocious struggle to survive.
The sombre mood deepens as the themes of love lost and beauty destroyed are explored.
And, as the evening progresses, the sense of impending hell on earth becomes almost palpable.
Runs until April 12. Box office: (020) 7638-8891.
Birdsong is a a powerful representation of life and death on the Western Front during WWI, says SUSAN DARLINGTON: here.