The Royal Ballet's young Artist in Residence, Liam Scarlett, is to be congratulated for yet another courageous, challenging new ballet... Continue Reading
Scarlett has laboured long to make dance that explores this vehemently obvious narrative, but might consider the dictum that less is more.
This ballet is very nearly a dark, brilliant success, but what prevents it from being so is the occasional flatness of Dan Jones’s score and Scarlett’s own pacing.
Playing out in two halves of 60 and 40 minutes, in a bisected (and suitably dungeon-like) Linbury Studio, this dark-as-night traverse production grips for much of its first act.
The imagery and the dancers are strong enough to put this concept over, but Scarlett’s choreography does little to help.
Some Like It Hip Hop sails back into the West End on wave after wave of brilliant dancing.