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Karresekare at The Lowry

Karresekare at The Lowry

Karresekare, the latest work by Igor x Moreno, was performed at the Lowry’s Quays Theatre for one night only on the 22nd of May. It’s an 80-minute visceral and eerie work that explores Basque and Sardinian pagan carnival rites with fantastic choreography, bizarre costumes, powerful music, and, yes, nudity. It’s an extended glimpse into the primaeval rites of spring.

We start with an evocative haunting solo vocal that reverberates through the space, harking back to ancient rituals. This fades and is replaced by a clamour of groans, screams, and gut-wrenching wails with choreography that seamlessly blends human and animalistic movements that border on the feral. Folk dance elements are fused with queer ones that together with the (also feral) vocals and nightmarish costumes create an unsettling atmosphere that is both intriguing and disorienting.

Karrasekare is not for the faint-hearted. Its bold and provocative nature, and relentless exploration of pagan traditions makes it standout piece that is a testament to the power of dance to confront and provoke, offering a surrealistic experience that lingers long after the final note has faded.

Paul Schofield for Canal St Media

Published: 23-May-2024 (7493)

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