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Last night, I stuck around at work to watch the Rambert Mixed Bill. (http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2014/Rambert). Mixed bills are tricky things - a bit like putting a set-list together, it's important to get the order right, so you avoid boring your audience or peaking too soon. For me, this one worked well, starting with a slow opener, followed by a popular, energetic piece, and ending with two more challenging and thought-provoking works. Not sure the rest of the audience agreed - there were a few more empty seats after the second interval.

I've been at Sadler's for nine months now and have found the experience of consistently watching some of the best of contemporary dance to be a bit like learning a new language. (Or ten.) My reactions to the four pieces last night mirrored some of how I've responded to works I've seen so far. The opener, Lucinda Childs' Four Elements was slow, thoughtful and a bit ponderous, causing my brain to switch off and slip into a kind of trance like state. This has happened a couple of times to me and I'm still not quite sure if this is a good reaction or not. It's certainly a good way help solve problems and sometimes come up with new ideas for lyrics.

The most popular part of the evening, and probably the reason a lot of the audience were there, was Christopher Bruce's Rooster, a 30 minute montage set to Rolling Stones songs. It's high energy, fun, well-danced, and with enough changing between scenes to hold the attention of the most ADD-afflicted. I found it quite literal, with some of the acting out of lyrics a bit mummer-esque, but the dancing and costuming was top notch. Not much more to say - it hasn't stayed with me in the way that other pieces have, but was pleasant at the time.

Richard Alston's Dutiful Ducks was short but interesting. It's a solo, set to a flat American voice intoning a tongue twister. It was the first piece that really engaged me - it had a sense of humour, it was quirky and it was doing something unusual with the medium. Plus, the soloist made great use of a large stage.

The final piece was the most exciting to me. A classic Merce Cunningham dance, with a David Tudor "soundscape", totally unlike anything I've heard in this context so far. Essentially, you could hear different noises at different positions in the theatre, with sets of dancers on stage moving to various parts of the sound. It put me in mind of an immersive performance and is perhaps one to go back and see again, each time sitting in different parts of the theatre. Unusual, to say the least, and makes me want to watch a lot more Cunningham.

Still working my way towards what I like in contemporary dance. The best experience so far was definitely the 3 and a half hour Pina Bausch work 1980 back in February, which in some ways combined all of the experiences outlined above. It was emotional, fun, unusual and had some slow repetitive moments that led me to a more zen like place. While it's probably impossible for every piece to capture that, it's the benchmark for me. Looking forward to seeing what other companies and shows evoke. (And then sharing that with you, my lovely readers.)
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You know how I was blithering on yesterday about why I love football? I should have waited till today and just linked to this: Suck it Ferguson! 1-4 to Liverpool - brilliant match. Why couldn't we play like that all season?
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  • 12:45 Trying to arrange fun. This is harder than it looks. #

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  • 12:51 Writing minutes. It's very dull. Must resist the temptation to add random rude words, as I'm fairly sure people will read them thoroughly... #
  • 17:23 @mokuska Thanks for the TweetDeck recommendation - it's excellent. Good for minor distractions from work! #
  • 17:47 Off to yoga. Been going for a few weeks - I've started to look forward to it. Stretching and relaxing is v good for football related pain. #
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  • 14:38 I love weekends. I'm sure I could be more productive in life, if doing nothing occasionally wasn't so damn fantastic. #

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  • 23:02 Going home - Saturday night was spent at a work do. Actually enjoyable though - producer of Halloween 3 asked me "are you an actress?" #
  • 23:04 Do was at a place on Flood Street, Chelsea. Apparently, Margaret Thatcher used to live there. Do you claim the fame or avoid mentioning? #
  • 23:04 Sunday will be do nothing day. Unless any North Londoners want to do brunch? #
  • 23:05 @absinthecity Hope dinner was good! Sorry I missed it, but work called. #
  • 23:06 Bus journeys are for tweeting, obviously. #
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  • 18:11 Going home for a needed night in - stiff from football (and shandies) yesterday. Worth it though - we won 8-1! #

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  • 23:28 I have a secret to tell from my electrical well. It's a simple message, and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells. #

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Jan. 9th, 2009 08:34 am
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  • 12:12 I have funky new glasses! Bizarrely, my left eye (which was always worse) is now better than my right eye. Weird. #

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Jan. 7th, 2009 08:24 am
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  • 12:08 On holiday, but still in demand from work. Don't know whether to feel pleased or not. #
  • 12:09 So, apparently Twitter is going to be big news in 2009. Didn't they say the same in 2008? #
  • 15:28 Online, in pub, doing work and drinking hot chocolate. It's very cold up here. (Cue parental tales of "This is nothing compared to 1972.) #
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Jan. 4th, 2009 08:52 am
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  • 17:21 Waiting for the double whammy of Liverpool v Preston and the new Dr Who. Money on the outcome of one of these things.... #

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Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:39 am
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  • 15:54 I'm in Blyth service station. The last time I was here was horribly hungover on the way back from Seamus and Lani's wedding. It's the same. #

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  • 13:02 At Zizzis, waiting for Rick, so lunch fun can begin. #

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  • 08:18 Happy Christmas everyone! #

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  • 14:29 Really not feeling Christmassy. Maybe big party tomorrow will do it? #

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  • 11:56 Regretting the tenth glass of wine last night, plus the drunken stagger round London Bridge looking for a late night pub at 2am. Errors. #

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  • 09:37 I have Blur tickets! *obligatory woo-hoo here* #

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  • 10:29 Sort of back in the land of the living - wishing my head wasn't full of cotton wool and I was in bed, rather than at work. Ngh #

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  • 13:38 @teabelly1 I've had a (borrowed) copy for a while. Just can't bring myself to start reading it. Let me know what you think.... #

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  • 10:56 Wearing in new winter boots. Hooray for snow! #
  • 01:02 Not sleeping, apparently. #
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