Seriously, nothing but complete fun. Clearly Lucy Guerin is one of those choreographers who has integrity for her work and for those who are involved in her work. In "Untrained" performed by two trained (Alisdair Macindoe and Ross McCormack) and two untrained artists (Michael Dunbar and Jake Shackleton), Gurein offered up an evening of movement, laughter and good theatre. A white-taped square space stood between two neatly proportioned rows of papers and other "props" on the sides. The white-taped square is the main performance space. Yes, of course the expected happened, the "trained" artists showed movement and the "untrained" followed in the best way that they could. The audience, as is expected, cheers loudly for the "untrained," and so it went. Gurein throws a fast one at us though when that pattern changes and each of them stop to tell a story about their fears, their relationship with their father, or talk about the experience of working with each other. "Untrained" was absolutely an evening of solos that introduced each performer in varied ways (brilliant mover, actor, singer or storyteller), each sharing how they put on and take off a T-shirt with point-by-point detail, for instance. But it was also and evening of true collaboration, the duet between McCormack and Dunbar, for example that began of what they think would be and interesting improvisation - becoming transformers. That duet was a huge hit, but so was the entire evening.
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