Bruce Marriott is editor of DanceTabs
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I hope ENB do lots more short and sweet choreographic initiatives to real audiences. Well done all, great to have a go – now do more.
A hit with me and I’m so glad it’s a great success in the company’s home and a great calling card for touring. It’s a particularly useful broadening of Scottish Ballet’s repertoire.
The most unexpectedly delightful piece for me, and one looking rounded and finished in its 10 minutes, came from Mayuri Boonham… She joined Indian and ballet traditions…
As I say ultimately the kids on the afternoon I was there had a good old time. But I’d like to think that something where the steps assume greater significance will show little people even more of the joy of dance.
First thing to say is that it’s a peach of a production, coherent, dramatically satisfying… It still feels fresh and vibrant… The three leads did well… Elsewhere it was a mix of good and ragged steps…
…the Mikhailovsky put on a wonderful display of classical excellence that we just don’t routinely see in the UK.
While I wasn’t wowed by the closer, as I left I couldn’t stop talking about the Bhuller and Gable and wishing to see major companies put them both on in full. That and the usual thought: Another year, another fine night from Ballet Central – well done all.
I’ve seen ‘There is Hope’ twice now and want to again – there is so much to unpack. …It’s a beautifully-crafted piece with the band an integral part of the telling – as much as the dancers. It deserves a lot more touring…
All up, I came out entertained and it’s a piece that will endure. And if all the company can conqueror Act 1 there will be smiling families all the way, I think – smiling at the drama and the movement.
Of this year’s 4 premieres, 2 very much connected with me and 2 didn’t.
The good thing about Midnight Tango is that it doesn’t feel like a production that has been skimped on in any way. …So are these ingredients deployed to good affect? Well I’d hoped for a little more, to be honest
People talk about wanting to get new and younger audiences in for dance and this was really a great way of achieving it.
As a young partnership Delia Mathews and Tyrone Singleton really are exceptionally good.
….the performance done, Muntagirov was promoted live on stage by new Director Tamara Rojo to the highest rank in the company – Lead Principal. A pleasant surprise, but in fact no surprise at all – it was only ever a question of time.
…a one-man show from a former Cirque du Soleil clown intrigued for being targeted at the entire family at a time when everybody does Nutcrackers and I’m feeling crackered out. You might well be too, so read on…
It’s the name of the game that one does not necessarily appreciate all plans (or indeed how they crystallise out in practice) but I have to say that Sadler’s Wells set a benchmark re new work/experiences and for where you want a progressive art to be.
Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces …is light-as-a-feather work of the utmost good taste – in fact just plain gorgeous.
All up ‘Labyrinth of Love’ is a wonderful creative endeavour, a great looker, but an extra dash of audience accessibility is needed. We go “Wow”, rather than “Wow, I really loved what that had to say”
Anyway I’d never dream of missing a BRB Lac and usually get up to Birmingham for a matinee – and this time luckily to see Celine Gittens debut as Odette/Odile. There was a lot of hubbub around the performance…
Waltz is about big ideas in ‘Continu’ but if you don’t pick up on them there is not a lot of choreography to keep you going.