Northern Ballet - Little Monsters/The Architect/Perpetuum Mobile/A Northern Trilogy/Angels in the Architecture - Linbury Studio Theatre
Jonathan Watkins’ A Northern Trilogy is crowd-pleasing but intelligent, gently illustrating three comic monologues by Stanley Holloway (about Yorkshire pudding, a drunken soldier and a boy eaten by a lion) while stopping nicely short of literalism.
Whitley, whose Frames opened the evening, is a pretty successful young choreographer… There’s no doubt he can come up with exciting movement, but there’s also no doubt he needs refining before he really makes the big time.
With the revival of Lucinda Child’s Four Elements, you wonder why the American dance maker is so little seen in the UK. Made for Rambert in 1990, Elements is a mesmerising piece of modern classicism that evokes water, earth, air and fire without conspicuously portraying them.
It’s only in the long middle section evoking the miners’ embattled history that Dark Arteries realises its potential – and does so magnificently, in churning, seething ensembles of dance, shot through with heart-racingly combative virtuosity.
Where Dark Arteries aims for imposing and misses, Alexander Whitley’s Frames just looks aimless.
While this was far from being among my favourite Rambert programmes, I continue to admire the company’s remarkable dancers and applaud Mark Baldwin for his bold, commissioning policies... Continue Reading
Wayne McGregor’s new Woolf Works glows with ambition, crowned by Alessandra Ferri’s charismatic central performance.