Dates: 22, 23 & 24 January, 2004
Reviewer: Ross Michael Pink
David Lang Lyrics: Lou Reed
His work, such as Amelia, is clearly not for everyone. In fact, his is the talent which can both enrage and engage the same audience.
Simply stated, Lock is not constrained by conventional forms of expressing dance.He choreographs movement which has often been described as outside modern dance boundaries.
In Amelia, the dancers are costumed in black. The lighting is white or soft yellow. The stage is not lush, it is stark. And the music is industrial, melancholy and pensive.
The emotional effect of Amelia is rather sombre. Rather than being an uplifting piece, it is reflective and leaves one with a tragic sense of the being and message that is Amelia.
Yet the dance itself is pure, raw, naked. Ths is an exploration of movement without the cloak of sweet music, lush staging and beautiful costumes.
eclectic, international flavor of Locks' dance company, La La La Human
Steps reflects Lock himself. He was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1954
and created his first work for Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire at age 21. In 1980
he founded La La La Human Steps in Montreal. His work
is international and crosses geographic, emotional, artistic and cultural
Locks' breakthrough work, Human Sex, appeared in 1985 and stunned the dance world with its creative audacity. In 1988, he choreographed a piece for music artist David Bowie. In 2001, Lock received the coveted J.A. Chalmers prize.
Even Lock admits that Amelia is a complex piece. It is based on two transvestites that Locke knew in the 1980s. According to Lock, they were theatrical, mysterious and a challenge to his limited social and cultural understanding.
The music for Amelia was composed by David Lang and the talented, energetic dance company is composed of: Andrea Boardman, Mistaya Hemingway, Keir Knight, Chun Hong Li, Bernard Martin, Jason Shipley-Holmes, Zofia Tujaka and Billy.
Once again, Lock,
has challenged dance styles and audiences. His work can never be defined
and that is perhaps the most enduring quality of his work.
© 2004, Ross Michael Pink