Press Reviews for “Broken Chords”
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 3 May 2010
An intelligently constructed and emotionally complex piece... an incredibly rich and satisfying journey.
Pittsburgh Dance Examiner, 3 May 2010
The blending of movement, live music, text and humor proved the wit and smarts of the company. Charlotte Vincent showed the ultimate bravery in leaving her broken heart on the stage.
Dance Magazine, 18 April 2010
In two full-evening works, British choreographer Charlotte Vincent matched desperation and humor in equal measure.
The Village Voice, 3 April 2007
Rows of wooden chairs fill the stage. There must be over a hundred of them. A huge cluster of lightbulbs pretends to be a chandelier. Two soft chords are repeating: low-high, low-high. Patrycja Kujawska, barefoot and wearing a dark dress, makes her way slowly, bent over, between the first two rows of chairs.
New York Times, 24 March 2007
Vincent’s 90-minute dance, performed on Thursday night as part of the Montclair State University’s adventurous Peak Performances series, is astonishingly original in the way it takes the familiar and turns it on its head. In the process Broken Chords shows the subtlety with which expressive movement, choreographed by an experienced and inspired artist, can cut to the heart of everyday reality.
The Independent, 19 March 2007
The vitality of Britain's independent dance scene is a thing of wonder to dance watchers abroad, particularly in America, where there is no equivalent of our Arts Council to help keep small companies afloat. Most weeks of the year the Robin Howard Dance Theatre at The Place hosts productions by those companies, whose work - tiny budgets notwithstanding - is often imaginatively ambitious.
Ballet.co.uk Magazine, 30 March 2006
Broken Chords is hilarious and sad all at once. Amongst all the action, a woman (Aurora Lubos) makes several incompetent attempts to kill herself by various means – once by pulling her skirt over her head and smoking frantically under it, and when this inexplicably fails, ‘hanging’ herself by attaching her leg to a chair, putting her head in a suitcase and kicking the chair away – amazingly, this attempt fails too.
The Guardian, 11 March 2006
Vincent pulls off a powerful feat - creating a moving portrait of grief while making us laugh.
Metro, 9 March 2006
Charlotte Vincent has struck gold with Broken Chords, which unflinchingly charts the collapse of her marriage. This is her break-up album and, hewn from the heart, it’s a work of rare beauty.
The New York Times, British Dance Review Edition, 25 February 2006
Charlotte Vincent (from Sheffield) is also a practitioner of physical theater, but with a far more disturbing emotional range. Her Broken Chords was about the most harrowing yet inspiring transmutation of personal pain into artistic achievement that I have encountered.