Dance Alexander Bondarev, Irina Kozlova,
Julia Tokareva, Antje Shur, Evgeny Kozlov
Music Stephen Deazley, Arvo Pärt,
Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen
Video Tanya Williams
Costume/ stage design Evgeny Kozlov
Technical director Tanya Williams
They move in and out of the floor soundlessly, and dance with such accomplished poise and presence that every movement, whether squirming on the floor, dangling from the bed frame, throwing oranges at each other or leaping into the air, appears utterly natural and without guile. A more thorough, deeply felt exploration of the theme of insomnia could not be imagined.
Do-Theatre trade-mark use of projected images on to gauze so that live action and film are seamlessly joined comes into its own in crating a dreamy world where sleep seems like drowning, and sleepers are tossed and turned on their boat-like beds.
Choreographer Evgeny Kozlov has captured a ghastly precision in his dancers, with sleep appearing like a lover and the act of being awake symbolizing a state of loneliness and boredom. At its most inventive, Kozlov cleverly alludes to, but never indulges, the fears of the Russian nation, with images of imprisonment and hospitals, and dreams that are all too easily forgotten.