Philippe Decoufle, Solo

Review in Issue 17-1 | Spring 2005

Renowned for his magnificent ensemble dance pieces, spectacles and award winning dance films, Decoufle brings us Solo, a technical yet intimate show that incorporates live dance with film and video. Decoufle is a delight, a raconteur, leading us into a playful presentation of his dance career and of family moments. From OHP photos of his friends and family to Busby Berkeley moments, whole routines on staircases with infinite versions of himself decreasing in size and dancing in canon. A dance with four Decoufles using real shadow and video projected shadows, tricks of scale and perception. A highlight, simply performed sitting at a table, is a live version of the gestural hand dance that was the successful dance film Le Petite Bal. Funny, charming and moving, Solo is without ego – direct, clever, playful, delightful like the man himself.

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