For Tabac Rouge James Thierrée shifts his movement language to dance whilst retaining traces of his origins in contemporary circus and his unmistakable theatrical inventiveness. The imposing sets create a dark and ominous environment; a jungle of cables spills across the stage giving way to larger-than-life fantastical props. A massive panel of tangled tubes and oxidised mirrors flips and turns in the centre reflecting alternatively the fantasy and the nightmare on stage. The dancers move incessantly across the set as it re-shapes, executing random steps in space, all excellent in the pliant virtuosic choreography.
With Tabac Rouge, Thierrée has created a fascinating world in which mystery, mirrors, music and movement combine to catapault you into the unfathomable logic of dreams. It’s a vibrant tribute to dance and theatre.