'To the Flame the Moth said...' Review
To the Flame the Moth Said: Review
‘Four characters find themselves immersed in darkness, Inside them a whisper calls; And to the flame they go.’
The premiere of To the Flame the Moth Said was performed as part of Trowbridge Arts celebration of dance. It was an especially important event as it marked a return to her roots for Amy Foskett, head of Amy Foskett Dance. Amy originally began her career in Trowbridge’s Arc Theatre as a teenager before taking her training further in Swindon. She gained her BA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she now lives and works, specialising in classical ballet, contemporary dance and dance theatre. For her visit, Amy was joined by dancers Hazel Firth, Jennifer Robinson and Brita Grov, all of whom are based in London.
To begin their visit, the four dancers visited schools and led workshops with students from Matravers School and Clarendon Academy. The students performed improvised pieces to open the show and the results were astounding. Both performances included acrobatics such as cartwheels and backflips and were perfectly timed, especially impressive considering that the two dances were developed in the space of a single workshop. The sense of pride coming from the parents in the audience was overwhelming and on her Facebook page, Amy commended the students saying she was ‘super proud’ of how hard they worked.
To the Flame the Moth Said was the evening’s feature performance. Through their fluid and beautifully choreographed movements, the professional dancers told the tale of four characters trapped in darkness. They began their journey as a solid slumbering mass before they were awoken by an internal whisper and found themselves drawn towards a flame only they could see. Their journey was not an easy one but the unity between them was a key theme of the performance. At one stage the characters stood together to form one moth, their motions beautifully mimicking that of wings. Musical breathing was used to give the suggestion of flight and lent the dance and ethereal quality. Another highlight of the performance was when the character played by Brita Grov was taken over by an uncontrollable fit, and fell into the audience whilst violently shaking – something which takes incredibly high levels of skill to do in a controlled manner.
Overall, the performance was beautiful, moving and a credit to Amy’s hard work over the years. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and when the performance ended the cheers and applause from the audience were the loudest and most enthusiastic I’ve ever seen reviewing for Trowbridge Arts.
If you enjoyed the performance, Amy Foskett Dance can be found on Facebook here. If you missed the show and would like to see it, Amy is currently re-working the show to be performed as part of Resolutions dance festival on January the 31st.
Review by Adele Matterface