"Project X" - Patrick King
The gay dancer choreographer Patrick King was born in the Caribbean,
went to the USA as a young student, became an American citizen and
starred in the film version of the musical "Fame", worked
in Italian dance theater and TV and came to Sweden to join the prestigious
Stockholm-based Cullberg Ballet.
Leaving Cullberg, King has appeared in a number of performances
in various productions in Sweden. One of the most highly praised
was at the Uppsala City Theater. In the play by Lars Noren, King
personified in dance the erotic and plagued feelings of a bi-sexual
medieval composer, forced to satisfy the lust of a royal tyrant.
In creating his new dance group in the Swedish capital, Stockholm,
"Project X", King has continued with the series of dance
productions describing sexuality and emotions. He dances the role
of the manipulative androgyn, at times wearing only a flashing silver
jock-strap or with a meter-long Afro-wig dangling down his back
in his latest production, "Exit". Another black and slender
young dancer portrays a prima donna trying to escape from a persecuting
spotlight. A short blonde Finish dancer uses erotic aggression in
attempts to capture a beuatiful blond narcisuss, wrapped up totally
in his own sexuality.
"I've chosen some of the finest young dancers in Sweden who
have not passed 20, since I am aiming very much at a young audience,
" King told Erato. "In "Exit", I'm trying to
ask the eternal questions concerning love versus hate, freedom against
responsibility, and the individual against the collective."
"Exit" after touring Sweden is also scheduled to begin
a foreign tour in Rome.
"On the Front Porch of Heaven" - Ulysses
A stunning world premier describing life, death agony and survival
in the age of AIDS has been donated by the gay American choreographer,
Ulysses Dove, to the Royal Swedish Ballet. Dove's "Dancing
on the Front Porch of Heaven -- odes to love and loss" has
been called one of the finest - and most demanding - ballet numbers
on the Stockholm stage in years. Dove explained to journalists that
his new dance is dedicated to 64 lovers, friends, and family members
who have died in the past years. He also praised the Swedish dancers
for their stamina and technique.
Estonian Arvo Pärt's music ranges from celestial bells to soul-shattering
thunder. The space above the dance floor is almost filled with slender,
hanging blue cylinders, leaving a limited purgatory for the earth-bound
dancers. All six dancers are dressed in skin-tight white, together
with fair Nordic features - perhaps reflecting the black American
choreographer's ironic idea of our possible concept of heaven's
Two blond, strikingly attractive and highly capable dancers perform
the difficult movements of the male lead on alternate evenings.
Often the man dances alone with one of the three women, who are
graceful almost spiritual goddesses, leading the men through their
agony and turmoil.
The male couple intertwines, blending strength & softness, supporting
and lifting each other thro' illness and into lonely survival. A
slap becomes a hug, the fragment of a kiss, or hint of copulation,
as each lover helps his partner forward in their journey.
All six dancers in a magic circle, metamorphising in isolated spotlights;
linked with the harmony of movement; they nod subtly at each other
as the curtain falls, a sublime signal for the opening of heaven's
"Separation" - Jack Benschop
Continuing its tradition of presenting new works by members of its
company the Gothenberg Ballet performed "Seperation" by
Jack Benschop - danced by him and János Misurák. The
ballet is seen by critics as a powerful masculine dance with clear
homoerotic overtones, describing with insight, the love the men
feel for each other and their pain when they must part. Born in
the Netherlands Antilles, and trained mostly in Europe, Benschop
went to Sweden about 10 years ago. As a featured dancer in the Cullberg
Ballet (Stockholm) his dark good looks, his impecable technique,
and unfailing good humour made a favourite with audiences.