If it were in my remit I would give this ten stars, five for the dance and five for the brilliant music performed live by A Filetta. The piece is so clearly thought through that nothing seems indulgent or superfluous, from the exacting physical demands of the choreography and beautiful polyphonic Corsican choir, to the use of a mannequin which they pull off without it looking hackneyed. The pen is mightier than the sword, or is it. In the hands of religion the pen can be as destructive as any sword, as we all know. Faith is irredeemably bound to war and conflict and to death and even if we have faith and are devout the heaven we are promised may not be the paradise that we long for. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has created a masterpiece that combines the very best of dance and theatre and music. When you get to the bottom and see my five stars double it.
Concert Hall, Brighton Dome, 18 May