Like much of Siobhan Davies’s choreography, the two works on this programme operate on several levels. Trespass and Affections are companion pieces – separate but linked – which, in different ways, explore the tension between separation and linkage.
Trespass is a series of short episodes in which the dancers collide, merge, and ricochet, like particles caught in a forceﬁeld of attraction and repulsion, coalescing into synchronous waves and then dispersing into fragments. The dynamic of fusion and ﬁssion also occurs between the different elements of the performance – music, design, lighting and movement – which contribute both independently and in combination, while the focus shifts between them.
Trespass sets the stage for Affections: scored for the same instrumental ensemble, it also shares features of design and lighting, and moments from the ﬁrst dance reappear in altered form, expanded into more personal, emotive statements. But though it contains afﬁnities with the earlier piece, Affections is also a contrast in style and ambience.
Like a puzzle with many solutions, the pieces together form a maze of possible interconnections – some clearly shown, others more tenuous – allowing us to trace our own pathways, and to see what we ﬁnd there.