Set in an unspecified time, it’s a stark world of corrugated metal walls where the black-clad Capulet gang patrol ominously on Segways.
The final image, in which all of Verona lies down in mourning for Romeo and Juliet, raising their legs in imitation of the lovers final pose, may be one of the oddest images you will see on stage. But it is vintage Ek in its power to haunt, to unsettle and to move.
The whole thing is danced with passion and panache, never more so than by Ana Laguna as the watchful nurse. Her scene with Mercutio and Benvolio, where she makes them jump over one another like circus tumblers, is the comic relief before the grim resolution…
There is much to admire in the ingenuity of Ek's interpretation, not least in the intriguing imagery that makes this a compelling - if not also, often infuriating - spectacle. Continue Reading
'The Five and the Prophecy of Prana', Boy Blue’s epic production combining hip hop, martial arts and manga inspired video animation is back at the Barbican. Lyndsey Winship talks to its creators... Continue Reading
Like his mentor, Ross uses rich choreography to tell vivid stories and his three part showcase at Hackney Empire is a diverse mix of abstract, funny and hard-hitting dance. Continue Reading
More tightly integrated than their previous outing, there is an organic, holistic feel to this triple bill, as if each choreographer worked from the same blueprint
…they all seem to feature an awful lot of what I can only describe as slow unfolding, in which these muscular young men pour themselves over each other’s bodies with admirable weightless fluidity. It looks very nice but it is not quite enough.
The Royal Ballet's Edward Watson, along with dancers from Northern, Birmingham Royal and English National Ballets will be on stage at Sadler's Wells this weekend for a new charity... Continue Reading
In fact Metheus and The Murmuring are interchangeable, steps and music could be mixed and audiences would never know the difference. But as usual, the evening’s modern dance makers were lucky to have highly talented artists to work with.
There’s no end to the rich visual content that Ingvartsen is able to morph from very little...an exciting start to the Northern Light season. Continue Reading
I remain unconvinced by the all-male format. All yang and no yin makes for a long evening.
Multiple somersaults off a slimline Russian bar, classic cigar box-juggling taken to gravity-defying extremes, a seesaw double act that will make you gasp and then gasp again.