The Nederlands Dans Theater dances with cactus. And it’s a metaphor!
‘I think sometimes the untrained dance or art eye feels they’re supposed to understand something,’ he says. ‘And Cacti is a kind of relief from that, a breath of fresh air.’ As the name suggests, at one point in the piece, each dancer holds a potted cactus. Inevitably, those watching instantly search for the context of these spiky yet beautiful plants….
‘I don’t really have a right answer for what it means, and I hope the audience gets the joke – that they don’t have to analyse it. That’s the comment for the whole piece.’
The metaphor seems to be that there is no meaning to the cactus, and thus to the dance either. Interesting!
Too bad we only have this photo of dancers in flesh colored body suits dancing with cactus and not a video of the performance.