– Speculating the Speculated –
For many the 21st of October 2015 may have appeared to resemble nothing more than your average Wednesday. However, it was sure to be a date that put shivers down the spines of many fond admirers of Robert Zemeckis’s unquestionable masterpiece… ‘Back to the Future’. A date in which signified the end of the future and the beginning of the beyond for many of the films fans.
In recognition of this historic date, it was therefore a customary duty of any loyal ‘Back to the Future’ fan to turn their TV sets on and speculate upon the speculations made by those in the past, of how our world may appear to be like in the contemporary. Personally, I was left with the strong taste of dissatisfaction that naturally comes with not owning a personalised hover board, or flying car for that matter.
However, I must inform you that if you’re indeed in search of another ‘Back to the Future’ related article that depicts the many ‘failures’ of the predictions made in the film, I suggest for you to stop reading at once.
– Back to the Future – Oslo Opera House –
Rather, tribute in this article shall be paid to another masterpiece that adhered to the notion of ‘Back to the Future’, in a slightly alternative fashion at Oslo’s quintessential Opera House.
Choreographed under the remarkable William Forsythe and assisted by Alan Lucien Øyen the ‘Back to the Future’ production displayed the limitless powers of the language of ballet throughout time.
Commencing with two introductory performances, firstly with a classical ballet routine of precise, ethereal and restricted gestures. Secondly, moving forward throughout the generations to a more contemporary form of ballet, both seemingly sewn together and interwoven within an undeniable level of fluidity and beauty.
The main substance of the performance however took it’s audience on a gripping, exhilarating and overwhelming journey questioning the very concept of time itself, whilst displaying the many facets of the human condition. Initially through the lenses of a small young boy and the wild relentless imaginations of youth, later to his rise into adulthood and marriage.
The performance curated by Forsythe and Øyen can be described nothing more than a masterpiece and a must see for any student visiting Oslo in the coming months.