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Extract from Take Your Partners? No Thanks

By Luke Jennings

The Observer, 9 March 2008

Test Run sees Orlik dryly explaining the absence of the rest of the Vincent Dance Theatre ensemble – ‘Two with broken legs … one in rehab’ – and rejoicing in the chance to dance ‘without the usual things getting in the way. Other dancers, for example’.

As two violinists play, he launches into an extended sequence of scooping turns and torso ripples intercut with snatches of classical dance. But he soon finds himself competing for space with the attention-hungry musicians and forced into ever-more exhibitionistic poses to hold the audience’s attention.