When you set out on a walk, is it crucial to know where you have come from and where you are going? As many artists know, walking can be an aid to creativity. Even when walking appears aimless, it often develops a purpose. Watch pedestrians walking in cities and intricate patterns emerge as the individual merges into the mass, constantly making sidesteps and adjustments so that the flow continues. Occasionally people bump into each other, sometimes with electrifying results. When they do, something shifts and a new pattern emerges. They do in this latest piece from Mathurin Bolze, whose Du Goudron et des Plumes, about people stranded on a tilting raft, was a huge hit at the London mime festival in 2011. In this show a trio of multi-skilled performers turn within a human-size hamster wheel, walk or slide along a treadmill, throw themselves from platforms. They bump into each other like little balls of mercury, constantly coming together and separating as if unwittingly caught up in a great whirligig march of progress and time. This is a far less spectacular and low-key piece than Du Goudron was. It is so fragmented - full of snippets of film (the piece is inspired by the work of the ethnologist film-maker Jean Rouch ), movement, slapstick humour, projections and sound and music - that it appears to be deliberately shy of offering up its meanings. But, of course, sometimes a walk where the destination is not entirely obvious is the most intriguing walk of all. There is certainly plenty to look at along the way, and to hear, too. This is a show that is brilliantly performed and exquisitely textured. Even if it sometimes sacrifices meaning and momentum for tone and visual poetry, you almost certainly won't regret the loss. Lyn Gardner Ends tomorrow. Box office: 020-7304 4000. Captions: Exquisitely textured . . . Mathurin Bolze's A Bas Bruit Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian
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