‘PEARL’ is “Dance at its best”, according to the Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant. Last season, the baroque sensation by company choreographer Ed Wubbe, to the live accompaniment of intoxicating music performed by Combattimento was one of the biggest box office dance hits. Now, ‘Pearl’ is home from a sell-out tour and back in the theatres by popular demand.
This intoxicating choreography to virtuoso dance music by composers such as Vivaldi exudes the heady, theatrical mood of the Baroque and is driven by the tempo and dynamism of now. Romance, resplendence and sumptuousness, seduction, decadence and decay are the ingredients that Wubbe, and his full complement of dancers, invoke in bringing ‘PEARL’ to life. The wonderful music is performed live by the distinguished Combattimento musicians joined alternately by one of the celebrated alto singers Helena Rasker, Noa Frenkel and Cecile van de Sant or counter tenor, Kaspar Kröner. And, with spectacular costumes for the dancers and musicians, ‘PEARL’ is a visual feast to rival any spectacle that exhilarated contemporary Versailles. Both on, and off, stage.