Glimpsing life by means of different individuals’s home windows is a fertile setting for drama, from Rear Window to Lady on the Practice. You would possibly even have spent a few of lockdown questioning what your neighbours are as much as. However it’s unlikely to have appeared something like Rambert’s newest live-stream premiere, Rooms, masterminded by the Norwegian author, choreographer and director Jo Strømgren.
With brilliantly executed logistics, the corporate use three rooms and 16 dancers in a 60-minute stream of surprising units, situations and characters, starting from the comedian to the surreal to the disturbing. We go from three Hasidic Jews dancing to the radio, to a Rubik’s Dice contest, to lemming-like cult members throwing themselves out of a window; there’s bed room farce, a couple of brushes with the legislation and a lip-sync to Purcell. There are hints at locked-away secrets and techniques and horror creeping in on the corners, a few of it touchingly human, a few of it cartoonishly foolish. And in between, enigmatic, lyrical dances, our bodies interweaving within the enclosed areas.
Performing for a closeup digicam is totally totally different to dancing on stage – you’re a lot extra uncovered than within the theatre. The spectacular firm carry it confidently, switching between characters and types, dancing and talking (scripts are delivered in a number of languages). Simone Damberg Würtz is especially convincing and has nice presence.
Rooms weaves a loopy tapestry of society, what we all know and may not learn about one another, how infinitely fascinating and infrequently annoying different individuals are. In a single scene, an creator company on a podcast, riffing on whether or not digital life is isolating us from an actual sense of society and shared references. There’s each familiarity and alienation supplied up within the myriad lives of Rooms, however they’re always intelligent, creative and entertaining. Rambert’s creative response to lockdown has been extra impressed than many, placing the digital viewer first, and that’s paid off in creating an enticing, satisfying watch – and maybe a way of group in sharing a stay expertise – even when caught in our personal rooms.