Dance preview: Letters From America @ Tramway, Glasgow

Published by METRO

Rihanna at the SECC? DJ Fresh at the Arches? Hmm, you’re after something more highbrow, aren’t you?

Then come to Tramway, and watch the globally-acclaimed Scottish Dance Theatre stylishly sign off its 25th anniversary year with a performance of Letters From America – a double bill of contemporary works by two young award-winning American choreographers.

The first is Lay Me Down Safe, presented by New York’s Kate Weare. Set to the music of artists such as Leonard Cohen and Nouvelle Vague, this piece is an exploration of human inexperience.

Searching for a balance between deprivation and excess is the purpose the second work on offer tonight. Khaos, choreographed by Benjamin Levy of San Francisco, is scored by a composition consisting of harp, a xylophone, and some soft percussion.

This thoroughly engaging show has already been enthusiastically received by Scottish audiences, having enjoyed a successful run at Edinburgh’s Traverse earlier this year.

The quality of the creative output emanating from Tramway doesn’t suffer from it being a subway ride plus a bit of a walk from the sodium lights of Glasgow’s city centre. Indeed, Letters From America is a testament to this arts venue’s well-earned reputation as the proud beating heart of the south side.