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this is a 25 min solo i dance, which deconstructs ‘blaxploitation’ myths through representational scenes of gang violence, hookers and addicts
KELLY APTER – THE SCOTSMAN *****
And finally we come to Colin Poole, an ex-Rambert dancer turned independent artist. With a reputation for creating thought-provoking works, Poole has a rare talent for making the political palatable. Unlike the rest of the Dance Base programme, Poole shares the bill with himself, a double-bill of two very different works.
The Box Office finds him masked and menacing, playing a host of black characters as portrayed in the media. Hanging five T-shirts on a washing line, each depicting stereotypical images from gangster rapper to hooker, Poole is mesmerising. Not only does he have a body more akin to art than physiological matter, but his movement style demands constant attention.
ISMENE BROWN – TELEGRAPH
At the Dance Base, former Rambert dancer Colin Poole shows an acerbic double bill – using strange Leigh Bowery-ish costuming to challenge white audiences with images that black people feel forced into, and then a satirical duet that is the dance equivalent of a Hello! interview with two newly wed celebrities, all snogging and insincerity. He is a smart talent who should be developed.