A world of charm in weird, poetic Oyster

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 September, 2004, 12:00am

INBAL PINTO Dance Company will perform Oyster at City Hall, Central, from September 17 to 19. Both charming and strange, the work conjures up poetic and playful images inspired by fairy tales from childhood.

The characters include a flying girl in a lampshade dress, a two-headed giant and white-faced marionettes. The work evokes the charms of the circus, the cabaret and old-time theatre, combining elements from ballet, modern dance and acrobatics.

The Tel Aviv-based dance troupe, led by founder and choreographer Inbal Pinto, has built an international reputation for creating unique dance theatre that draws on the absurdity of everyday life.

The troupe has given more than 100 performances of Oyster worldwide.

The French publication Le Progres described the show as 'a rare gem in a bizarre circus', while The Times in Britain said 'its blend of dance and theatre is a magical gift'.

Pinto, born in Israel in 1969, began choreographing in 1990, and her creations include Dio-Can, Versus, Mr Wow, Chance for 100, Wrapped, Oyster and the new work Boobies.

Oyster won the best event award in the Theatre Awards for the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv in 1999/2000.

In 2000, Pinto received the top award from the Ministry of Culture for Dance, an award from the City of Tel Aviv, and the 'Bessie' - a New York Dance and Performance Award for the creation Wrapped.

Tickets are $220, $160 and $100