Ignis: Introspective Fire-Inspired Dance Theatre

By Laura Dodge Last edited 120 months ago
Ignis: Introspective Fire-Inspired Dance Theatre

London, UK. 08.02.2014. The Print Room presents IGNIS, the second piece in the trilogy based on the elements, choreographed by Hubert Essakow, with text and songs by Sara Kestelman. Lighting design is by Matthew Eagland with set and costume design by Lee Newby. The performers are: Sara Kestelman, Noora Kela, Lukasz Przytarski and Jordi Calpe Serrats. Photograh © Jane Hobson.
Sara Kestelman in Ignis. Photo: Jane Hobson

We reviewed Hubert Essakow's water-inspired Flow last year and expected similar things from his latest fire-themed work, Ignis. But while Flow was exuberant and exciting, Ignis is entirely different — a quietly introspective dance theatre piece — and we have to admit that we preferred the former.

In Ignis, Essakow combines contemporary choreography for three dancers with speech and simple movements by actor Sara Kestleman. Her words suggest a deep meaning but are often more baffling than revelatory: "I think it's impossible to pass from one moment to the next... and then the moment's gone."

The dancers appear to be re-enacting Kestleman's memories, sometimes affectionately, sometimes with real bitterness. There is the sense that Kestleman feels deep regret as she considers "the debris of my life" and tries to retell her story, only to be interrupted by the angry voices of the other performers, seemingly representing her confused thoughts.

These moments were thought-provoking and interesting, but what was lacking in the rest of the work was the dynamic and innovative choreography that made Flow such a joy.

Ignis is at the Print Room until 1 March. Tickets priced £17-23 are available here. Londonist received a complimentary ticket to review this production.

Last Updated 19 February 2014