Why do we seek for what makes us different from other animals? Human Animal is a mediation inspired by the mysterious human attraction towards the wilderness and the night where definitions are threatened, this work unapologetically envisions a future where our animality is present rather than suppressed.
Human Animal is part of BalletBoyz' program "Fourteen Days": an exciting quartet of new works playing with the concept of balance and imbalance. Choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon have teamed up with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding, Joby Talbot and Keaton Henson to create their pieces
Choreography: Iván Pérez
Music: Joby Talbot
Dancers: Marc Galvez, Ed Pearce, Matthew Sanford, Flavien Esmieu, Harry Price.
Lighting: Paul Anderson
Costumes: Katherine Sutherland
Produced by Balletboyz, Sadler’s Wells and Arts depot.
duration: 13 minutes
Pérez’s Human Animal is a fascinating treatise on the language of movement, taking the fundamentals of balance — walking and running — and embellishing them into a full-blown dance. The performers begin by moving in a circle, their feet pawing the ground like horses, and gradually evolve into a more articulate form of physical expression. Joby Talbot’s score (played live) is big-hearted and exciting, with colourful harmonics and jaunty percussion - The Times****
“In Human Animal, Iván Pérez works with a much smaller palette. His music is a brightly rhythmic score by Joby Talbot (played live, like the following two works) which all but dances alongside the five men as they circle the stage, moving with a high-stepping prance that’s reminiscent of equestrian dressage. There’s an ambiguous mix of exhibitionism and remoteness in the men’s demeanour; they’re dressed in underpants and vividly patterned shirts, yet their expressions are grave. And it’s in this quirkily unreadable context that Pérez elaborates his own formal study of balance – a game of hesitations and reversals in the flow of the dancers’ phrasing which, while simple at first, builds to a dance of mysterious, absorbing charm.” - The Guardian****
“Human Animal, choreographed by Iván Pérez, is a triumph of elegant economy. Five dancers greet us with a show of fluid footwork. They march with the precision of the parade ground drill, broken by insubordinate skips, leaps and hopscotches — then they do it backwards. A treat.” - The Standard****