Reharsing infor the premier of Falling into place in Dans i Nord in Piteå. September 2014.
photo by Amanda Stephenson
”The opening Gala offered a significant premiere in Joakim Stephenson’s Falling into Place with music by Hugo Therkelson, both dancers with the Royal Swedish Ballet. Underpinned by a concept of unity and individualism, the choreography found a symbiotic relationship in Therkelson’s evocative soundscape.
From the initial close-knit group shuffling in the gloom, individuals break out in ones and twos before coming together in a final harmonious bonding. Stephenson handled the dynamic shifts and the structure with confidence and skill, harnessing the ebb and flow of energy in a dim lighting state punctuated by bursts of lights directed at the audience.
The six dancers, Jeannette Diaz-Barboza, Mia Hjelte, Daria Ivanova, Dawid Kupinski, Jérôme Marchand and Dragos Milhalcea, drawn from the top ranks of the company, became a seamless corps when required yet found their individuality in the solos and duets. Particularly memorable was the duet of Ivanova and Marchand, an intriguing mix of sensual coupling and expressive movement.”
Maggie Foyer for Dansportalen 25 of september 2014