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Friday, 17 August, 2001, 11:29 GMT 12:29 UK
Dance meets football violence
Scene from Pigs
Hull Truck company is 30 years old this year
By BBC News Online's Olive Clancy in Edinburgh

A dance based on the violence of the Euro 2000 football campaign - it does not bode well, does it?

But in fact Pigs, presented by Hull Truck Theatre and choreographed by Lucy Cullingford is an arresting piece of physical theatre.

Cullingford interviewed football hooligans before she created the dance and attempted to bring an insight into "Brits abroad" mentality.

The performance begins with a portrayal of the automaton-like jobs that the men do and the fact that the only time they become animated is when competing - in sport or drink.

Edvard Munch's The Scream
In one scene the dancers faces look like Munch's The Scream
The path to Europe is tracked by sea-shanty and drinking songs.

Getting four female dancers to accurately portray the swagger of a hard-drinking football thug is quite a feat, but they manage to pull it off.

Traditional dance movements are combined with street movements to a soundtrack that ranges from house music to Big Band to the background sounds of a Belgian café.

At other times the flag is included in the triumphalist dances of the football fans.

Devastation

It is such a small theatre that you are right beside the shockingly physical fight scenes.

Though this work is called Pigs and it does not shirk from portraying the devastation of Euro2000.

Rather than condemning outright it seeks to understand the circumstances that led up to it.

The set consists of a huge, and ominous, St George's Cross flag.

At the end two dancers get behind it, pressing their faces to it and achieving an effect much like Munch's haunting painting Scream.

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