Knot is the internationally acclaimed piece by Nikki Rummer and JD Brousse, combining dance, physical theatre, circus skills and a surprising amount of humour to examine commitment and modern relationships. It is a portrait of how we communicate with those we care about, around what it is we want and need out of life and from each other, and there is so much heart and soul in their performances.
“A beautiful, touching show, performed with magnificent skill”
Their physicality and skill are breathtaking, they move so beautifully together and the faster moments of movement, almost like games of tag, are simply incredible. They dance apart, before chasing each other and allowing themselves to become united, falling into each other with ease.
Their story and the reality of their situation becomes more familiar as the show unfolds. Though it becomes apparent that their relationship is not what they portray it to be in the beginning, there is still so much familiarity in the way they are with each other. Expressing what we don’t like, or what frustrates us, in the behaviour of those closest to us isn’t always easy and there is so much to relate to here through the very funny dialogue they have both between each other, and addressed to the audience.
There is frustration too, around their desire to please their fathers and make them proud, and around how their careers as performers interfere with their personal lives. JD’s story of the bakery in France being passed from his great-grandfather, all the way down the generations, until he decides not to carry it on, is particularly touching.
Knot is a beautiful, touching show, performed with magnificent skill and so much heart. It was really special to spend an hour with Nikki and JD and be introduced into their world; I highly recommend it.
Image: Fabio Affuso