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ACE DANCE

25-02-2010

Ace Dance

Ever known what’s it like to get plugged into the raw power of electricity- and then dance your socks off? Richard Lutz sees the ACE dance company in its current season.

Six dancers move through a grid zapped onto the floor, their bodies never stop, they jerk and move. Digital signals pulse on the grid and the back screen is continually moving, buzzing and flickering with video.

This is Switch the latest piece by the Digbeth based ACE dance troupe. In a two night run at Warwick Arts Centre, they used the small space to its full extent at times imitating a circuit board and  at other times twitching as if digi-pulses were coursing through their muscles and nerves.

It is sheer physicality- no reason to try to put literal meaning to continual movement that must bring these dancers near to exhaustion.

Their accompanying piece, Listen, was more obvious. It was all about war, horror and the tortuous effects of battle. Not as gripping as the opening production- I caught a bit of sixth form earnestness  about it.

But its predecessor, Switch,  is brilliant- a dance number that  boundlessly reflects our lives as we  wake up each day enslaved by our need for electrical power,  a stream of raw energy and unfathomable rushes of digi-info.

ACE is next in the area on 25th March at the Artrix in Bromsgrove.

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