Roxburgh Halls, Edinburgh
August, 1995

Industrial "Krautrockers" Einstürzende Neubauten are most unlikely suppliers of music for a Japanese dance piece. That it comes off is testimony to the vision of Indian-Japanese choreographer and lead dancer Shakti, who has produced a work of power and grace. It bears little relation to the Rashomon story we know from Kurosawa's film, dwelling on a more metaphysical conflict between the principles of Eros and Thanatos as Shakti's character attempts to reconcile these competing impulses. The three principals and chorus are tightly drilled, exhibiting a fluid economy of movement in their blend of traditional Japanese and modern dance. A glory.

Written for The Independent.

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