Fuel

Fuel

// Cayetano Soto

In his new work, Cayetano Soto is inspired by Fuel, a piece for string orchestra by American composer Julia Wolfe, who transforms the modern industrial world of fuels and machines into clanking string sounds. Soto transfers to human bodies this idea of a single substance that keeps the world moving restlessly, as if the dancers, too, were driven by one secret energy. The choreography works with contrasts between dynamic, technically virtuous Pas de Deux and Trios on the one hand and static moments on the other hand. In those moments of apparent slowdown the dancers are standing alone, but are unable to achieve any rest. Instead they perform little, nervous, jerky movements as if they were being recharged. Thus they may eventually be swept away again, returning to burn their energy, until the tank is empty.

“The world premiere that followed – Fuel, by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto – was so frenzied, so agitated and so persistently aggressive, that it provoked feelings of anxiety and mental exhaustion in audience members who were rooted to their seats in complete and rapt silence till the piece finished and the auditorium erupted with whistles and calls of bravo. […] They spun and battled and at times the men seemed like fantasy creatures out of a Tolkien novel, monstrous, strong and supple, arching theirs backs and hunching their shoulders with a fluidity of an otherworldly creature about to attack. […] The virtuoso dancing was disturbing but so beautiful in its awkwardness and restlessness, that even when the dancers stopped it seemed as if their movement continued. It was impossible to look away.”

Andrea Nemetz, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Canada, November 4, 2011
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