Men in Motion was first presented at Sadler's Wells in 2012 and has since been performed with great success in Moscow and at the Ravenna Festival, Italy. This version, first presented in London at the Coliseum in January of this year, devised by Putrov, is an exploration of the history of the male dancer over the last century.
It includes three Nijinsky pieces, including L'après midi d'un faune, Arthur Pita's new creation Volver, Volver for Edward Watson which premièred in London this year, a new piece by Peter Leung called In Duet for Tim Matiakis and Ivan Putrov and – intriguingly – a Swan Lake pas de deux with Watson and Putrov. And before you have time to conjure up a picture of one of them in drag, it's from the Matthew Bourne's version.
The full programme (below) is a very mixed bag, and even if Putrov has given the concoction a fil rouge, it really is just a great excuse to see a group of wonderful dancers dancing wonderfully. As Putrov said earlier this year,
I want audiences to leave inspired, not scratching themselves in boredom. I may be criticised for compiling a short programme but I am not apologetic. It is essential to have the freedom to create new works even if you don't know how they will turn out.
Saturday 16 August, 21.30
Tickets €25 – €60 from TicketOne or +39 584 265757
Teatro La Versiliana ( viale Morin, 16 – 55045 Marina di Pietrasanta)
L'après midi d'un faune (Vaslav Nijinskij)
Music Claude Debussy
Daria Klimentova, Igor Kolb
Adagio (Alexey Miroshnichenko)
Music J S Bach
Swan Lake pas de deux (Matthew Bourne)
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Edward Watson, Ivan Putrov
Petrushka (Mikhail Fokin)
Music Igor Stravinsky
Berlin (Ludovic Ondiviela
Music Max Richter
Le Train Bleu (Bronislava Nijinska)
Music Darius Milhaud
Volver, Volver (Arthur Pita)
Music Buika, sound design Frank Moon, prosthetics Jin Ho Kang
Traveling (Susana B Williams)
Music Meredith Monk
Le spectre de la rose (Mikhail Fokin)
Music Carl Maria von Weber
Daria Klimentova, Vadim Muntagirov
Beginning (Vladimir Varnava)
Music Erik Satie
Lacrimosa (Guala Pandi)
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
In Duet (Peter Leung)
Music Steve Reich
Tim Matiakis, Ivan Putrov
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.