Theme and Inversion

Theme and Inversion(2005)

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November 29, 2005 at The Place Theatre, London

Further Performances

November 30, December 1, 2005 at The Place Theatre

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The Place Theatre, London - ‘White Christmas’ season, with support from the Rodin fund


Kim Brandstrup


Gyorgy Ligeti,
Sofia Gubaidulina,
Alfred Schnittke (recorded)


Natalia Thorn
Gildas Diquero

Theme and Inversion

The Place Theatre , London
The Place Theatre , London, November 29, 2005

review extracts

“A weighted look at a collapsing relationship, it features a wearied couple locked in a marathon dance of interdependence”

Allen Robertson – The Times 5.12.05

In recent years, Brandstrup has developed a new style, psychological dramas in short solos or duets. His piece for Yanowsky is one example. The new duet Theme and Inversion, also on this programme, is another. Natalia Thorn and Gildas Diquero lean against the wall, some distance apart. She reaches out to him; when her fingers touch him, she gives him a push. As a waltz theme cuts into the piano soundtrack, they sweep into couple dances - but Thorn leads Diquero, spinning or dipping him. The dynamic between this couple keeps changing, the dancers soft or wary.

Zoe Anderson, The Independent

"A notable exception, however, was Kim Brandstrup's solo for Zenaida Yanowsky, first seen at the Linbury. Restaged among a thicket of candles, her long limbs described inky arcs of melancholy. Brandstrup used shadows to dramatise his mercurial duet for Natalia Thorn and Gildas Diquero"

Jann Parry, The Observer

"Brandstrup's Theme and Inversion was a masterly evocation of a faltering love affair"

Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

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