By Dan Backman
After being brainwashed with unimaginative Eurovision choreography for five Saturdays in a row, it is both uplifting and liberating to meet the dancers that Mr. Byrne has with him at the Circus. Lily Baldwin, Natalie Kuhn and Steven Reker is so vital and talented that they lift the concert in a way I had not seen before. With a choreography in an exciting and fun way of playing with performance art and classical ballet - in "Burning Down the House," all, including David Byrne himself, tulle skirts that prima ballerinas - will dance not only an integral part of the fiery rhythmic music, the even enhances and intensifies it.
Rounder David Byrne has worked with choreographic elements of theatrical interpretations of his music, and also wrote music for ballet performances. Circus makes it unpretentious and very functional choreography even the musicians, especially the three background singers involved in dancing. David Byrne himself is busy with singing and guitar playing, but he also does some nice spa-term moves. All are dressed in white, also contributes to the concert, some traits of an arty performances.
The World Tour is subtitled "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno" and is aiming to draw attention to the duo's collaborations under their own name with David Byrne's old group Talking Heads (though if we are to be really finicky will "Burning Down the House" from a Talking Heads album that is not Eno produced).They both gave in August last year released the album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, their first collaboration since in its time (1981) groundbreaking My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
With four musicians and three singers, all of which boil at least as good - maybe even better - than Talking Heads knotted threads together into a homogeneous whole. It is hardly innovative, as the group's worldwide musical new wave was in the 80s, rather we can speak of an intelligent management.
Best is Talking Heads classics Houses in motion and "Once in a Lifetime" (although the tough "Take Me to the River," that comes first in the series of encores). Then everyone goes bananas; musicians, dancers, and, not least, the audience.
Others do not go up in an equally good way. The boring songs from the new album appears in a better light on the scene, but it's still nothing that can compete with the Talking Heads material or the funkier My Life in the Bush of Ghost and "Help Me Somebody."