Kensington Gardens is the place where children get lost, or where they get found; where they find their way to Neverland, or start their trip to adulthood. It doesn’t matter how much you play, childhood is not the happy, light experience we see, but also a place with dark and scary passages…
Kensington Gardens is a piece for two dancers and is commonly performed in a black box theatre, though it is adaptable to other spaces. It uses only general lighting.
Reviews of “Kensington Garden”:
Cloud Dance Festival 18th July 2010 By Bruce Marriott
Kensington Gardens: A piece about childhood and growing up, set in a park. This was an interesting 2-hander (Kate Hodder and Lucia Piquero) with strong atmospheric music from Alberto Garcia, notably including toy piano. A lot of study of kids and how they interact went into this I think – as one sulks the other unthinkingly gets lost in play, togetherness of course, and stretching out and exploring. I’d like to see this again.
Cloud Dance Festival 18th July 2010 Lesley Perez
Diciembre Dance Group’s lovely Kensington Gardens seemed to touch upon an adult yearning for more childlike simplicity. Danced by choreographer Lucía Piquero and Kate Hodder, the piece was both intimate and wonderous while hinting at darker unknowns. Playful choreography was a good balance between gestural and skillful, and the dancers, dressed in pyjamas and knee-socks, interacted well with each other and the material. A little more confident dancing from these able performers would have really taken this piece to the next level.
Cloud Dance Festival 18th of July 2010. By Michelle Harris.
Cloud Dance Festival veterans Diciembre Dance Group made a welcome return with the exuberant Kensington Gardens. The first section opens high-spirited and simplistic as dancers Kate and Lucía, dressed in old-fashioned nautical stripes and shorts, cavort about the space with large jetés and leaps, as they express the light-hearted play and juvenile antics of two children in an environment of possibilities. However, with the arrival of dimmed murky lights, the mood rapidly transforms for a second section that submerges the dancers into intricate choreography and the darker, more complex unknown spaces of childhood. The eerie sounds of rising bubbles, a music box melody and the intermittent twang of guitar strings accompany the dancers, who with impressive strength and flexibility contort their bodies through the challenges faced ahead. With a display of hips protruding forward, rolls through splits and generous developés in the air, the girls mimic easy-to-bend toy dolls. Enjoyable and intriguing the overall effect is barely scary for adults, although one is glad when Kate and Lucía emerge, a little wiser from their experience in the darkness and make their way back to rosier surroundings.