The last story retold by Brandstrup was Othello, which he crafted on the unique gifts of Irek Mukhamedov. The role will now be taken by the black dancer Kenneth Tharp, an artist of very different strengths: "He's more youthful and has more innocence." Not only will Tharp's interpretation of the hero be very different, the whole balance of the work will be changed by having a less starry star.
The one new work in the programme, Saints and Sinners, was inspired by the charming Mexican custom of having a party for your dead relations once a year on 2 November: "Your dead ancestors come back to celebrate, drink, eat and dance with the living. You bring out their favourite foods and you play their favourite music." Personally, I can think of nothing worse than a day spent eating Battenberg and listening to Liberace, but perhaps dead Mexicans have better taste than my relations.
Arc Dance Company, 8-11 March 8pm. `Orfeo' and `Saints and Shadows' 8 & 11 March; `Othello' and `Saints and Shadows' 9 & 10 March.
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