Your Ultimate Guide to David Dawson's Anima Animus

What am I seeing? An example of physically emotional virtuosity by UK dancemaker David Dawson. Anima Animus is ballet pushed to every extreme; technique stretched to its outer limit. If you want to see the extremes of human movement—don’t miss this ballet.

What am I hearing? Ezio Bosso’s Violin Concerto No. 1 “Esoconcerto.” Bosso is also the composer for Christopher Wheeldon’s 2008 New Works Festival ballet, Within the Golden Hour, and in this work, his score creates a sense of driving motion matched by the dancing.

What should I look for? The second movement and its virtuosic play between the two principal women and the four men. And for the way that Dawson pushes ballet technique to its extremes. Rarely is a dancer truly upright—everything is leaning, at an angle, off-balance, giving the work a feeling of modernity and urgency.

Maria Kochetkova and Joseph Walsh rehearsing Dawson’s Anima Animus // © Erik Tomasson