Every now and then, you see a show that makes up for a lot of half-baked stuff you had to endure in the previous months. For me, this was the case with Poppea//Poppea by Eric Gauthier’s dance company, which took place at Mercat de les Flors on 25 July as part of the Grec Festival. I understand some people might not like it – in fact, my friends’ impressions were mixed – but those of us who appreciated it were quite enthusiastic. This bold attempt at reinventing ballet, using the language of contemporary dance to tell a classical story with modern twists – including multimedia elements – was ingenious and sophisticated. I found the choreography, the skillful execution by the dancers, the music, the costumes, the directing choices compelling, sometimes even stunning. OK, the set was not too inspiring, the portrait of the emperor Nero did not quite convince me, and there were a few minor glitches in the dancers’ synchronization here and there, but this did not spoil the fun. If all dance shows were like this, I would want to see one every week: there is going to be one last performance tonight (26 July), so do not miss it if you can.
UPS Score (Utmost Perfection Scale): 8 out of 10 + wow!