Review: Freedom, Nottingham Playhouse
BIRD song and dancing fireflies in a luxuriant forest is the setting for the solo performer who steps into award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon’s world of Freedom.
One theme is the elusiveness of freedom, illustrated with a variety of scenes: lovers throw themselves together but are lured apart, a surfer rides the waves with a woman as a human surfboard; a ballerina hooks herself up to industrial tubing to forge wings but fails to take flight.
The theme of oppression is depicted by women, shackled by men. In another scene, a man’s dreams are punctured by his lover, who puts her lit cigarette to each of his party balloons.
There is also a nightmarish threat of ravenous hunting dogs and a dark shadow, creating a terrific energy on stage.
This fast paced physical performance is eloquent and thought-provoking, set to an entertaining sound score, from Led Zeppelin and John Lennon, to ambient electronica and nature sounds.
When the six strong cast move together, their technical ability is flawless and they respond well to Vardimon’s low-angled, floor-based choreography.