Blackstock is a serious talent, yet he needs to find himself a better writer if he’s to make the transition from hip hop to dance theatre.
Osipova all but steals the show. Snapping at her heels however was a remarkably vivid performance from Francesca Hayward as the young Vera, definitely one to watch.
And how refreshing to see youth take on the challenges of a whole evening’s programme with sharp professionalism, absolutely getting every nuance while dancing with a confident technical edge.
It’s great to see this kind of dance at close quarters as it’s more about style and feeling the beat than technical perfection. It’s a real shame there’s just not more of this kind of dancing to balance with the story.
Ivan Blackstock is a rising star of British dance, a man who combines hip hop with contemporary with a smart sprinkling of commercial sense. So it was clever of Dance Umbrella to co-commission, with the Young Vic, this substantial piece of dance theatre which gives him a…
You can pack a lot into 50 minutes: hip hop, Lindy hop, Charleston and tap dance; text, music, comedy, racial politics, magic, even. It’s credit to choreographer/director Ivan Blackstock that this Harlem Renaissance-inspired concoction dances along easily with flow and…