For Davies, a work is created through the process of rehearsal, in this case four intensive weeks, with the other elements of music, design (by her partner David Buckland), lighting and costume gradually coming into play. There is no narrative as such. "The reason some people believe they're missing the point with modern dance," says Davies, "is that they think, `I should at any time in this piece be able to tell myself what's going on.' And I quite like the idea that you can't. I think there are moments in which words and thoughts will spring to the mind of anyone watching, but there are times in which people will only think about energy and dynamics, or the beauty of the design. I want all of these things to come together." And have they? Will they? "Well, it was rather frightening," admits Davies, "especially when you're working with new people. But it was odd, after two or three days of rehearsal it didn't feel frightening at all, it felt absolutely fascinating."
`A Stranger's Taste', part of `A Celebration of International Choreography', can be seen in repertory at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, from 8 December to 29 January 2000 (0171-304 4000).Reuse content