Film review – No Idea Complete

No Idea Complete Dan Martin framed in doorway

Dan Martin, No Idea Complete

A man enters a warehouse and immediately begins to dance. Standing framed within a doorway, Dan Martin’s movements are immediately arresting, as he twists his torso and limbs, and the notes from a piano pour over him – like water, like light.

No Idea Complete is elegant film that brings together a harmony of music, dance and location. Our focus is on three exceptional dancers who each bring their own blend of experience and talent to scenes they embody as solitary beings, their only company the shifting sounds that bleed in and out, adding texture and atmosphere. Jo Butler’s original piano composition weaves around the dancers, whose feet and hands add occasional percussion.

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To me it felt like a haunting, with Dan Martin, Luke Antysz and Sara Mather playing the role of the ghosts. These are the people who have been here before, who have left an impression of themselves on the air – I almost expected incomers to walk through them, none the wiser.

No Idea Complete is a title open to interpretation, but I like the idea that it is an allusion to each life that passes through a space. It is a rare person who finishes living before moving on. In a sense, we are all destined to become ghosts.

Sara Mather, No Idea Complete

Sara Mather, No Idea Complete

In one brief sequence, Sara appears on a staircase executing stunningly exquisite ballet moves, her expression contemplative.

No Idea Complete Dan Martin angst

Dan brings a different speed to the mix, at times angst-ridden, at others content. Luke is perhaps the most ethereal, glimpsed fleetingly as he springs, cavorts, spins, then disappears.

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Luke Antysz, No Idea Complete

The setting at Paintworks Bristol itself has a distinct presence, as the dancers appear framed by brickwork, wood and metal, within sweeping spaces or in silhouette.

No Idea Complete Sara Mather stillness

The power of the three individuals, each self-contained within their own space, is a phenomenal thing, building quietly with the music to a silent crescendo whereby each holds the camera’s gaze in a moment of stillness that is utterly compelling.

Director: Grant Pollard (Films Gb)
Producer: Polly Crockett Robertson (3rd Stage Dance).

The premiere of No Idea Complete was on Sunday, 13th March 2016 at 6pm on Big Screen Bristol, Millennium Square. During 2016, it will be screened in London, Paris, Seville, Cadiz, New York and Nashville. Find details of future events at

Review – Triple Bill at the Tobacco Factory Theatre

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The latest show from Third Stage Dance Company at The Tobacco Factory offers up three delightfully different acts making use of dance to tell stories that stir, intrigue and engage.

The first, justWORDS, begins with a dark stage with fleeting moments of light, illuminating a lone woman dressed in black while words, spoken in German, murmur overhead. As a writer, I’ll admit I wished the words were in English, as the only one I grasped fully was ‘liebe’ – ‘love’. Perhaps that was all that was needed, though…

The stage illuminated fully, and I felt we’d entered the woman’s dream. Dancers took turns on centre stage, before a familiar trio, Polly Crockett-Robertson, Sara Mather and Luke Antysz, began to spell out tales of tenderness, betrayal and reconciliation while other dancers flooded in and off stage. Recurring motifs, some of which were achingly sensual, contributed to the dream-like feel.

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The second act, Invitation Only, presented work by guest choreographers and dancers, including the impressive RISE Youth Dance Company who exhaled energy and emotion – particularly in the breathtakingly angst-filled last set. Stunning.

In the final act, Never Brought To Mind, the dancers, dressed in pastel-pop shades of lemon, peach, aqua and palest green, waited at a railway station for a delayed train.

Live music from the Ryan O’Reilly Band provided a folksy soundtrack for a series of dances that showed off the talent of this innovative company. It was a cheery, visually compelling note to end on, with some standout performances (Gudrun Derrick dancing to the song ‘Elizabeth’ was simply gorgeous), and made me wish delays were always so entertaining.

I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out to see what Third Stage gets up to in future.

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