Review: Ballet Revolucion - Peacock Theatre

Performance: 6 - 23 March 2013
Reviewed by Laura Dodge - Monday 11 March 2013

Ballet Revolucion. Photo: Nilz Boehme

Reviewed: 8 March

In recent years Royal Ballet Guest Principal Carlos Acosta has confirmed Cuba’s status as a place of excellence for dance training. In Ballet Revolucion, a new generation of performers provide further proof that this reputation is justified. The 20-strong cast make for a stunningly high-energy and virtuosic display with explosive leaps, too many pirouettes to count and impressive partner-work.

Don’t be put off by the show’s title if you’re not a fan of classical dance. There’s almost no ballet (except for a brief homage to the Swan Lake cygnets), and instead a diverse range of contemporary styles including commercial dance, hip-hop and rumba. The music is also as far from classical as you could imagine; eight talented on stage musicians perform feel-good pop tunes such as On the floor, She bangs and Hips don’t lie.

Choreography encompasses not only a number of different genres of dance but also a wide range of moods – from sexy and bold to comic. There are numerous wonderful dancers but Jenny Sosa Martinez stands out particularly with her sassy smile, charisma and notable strength on pointe. The performers also have the most incredibly toned bodies, with both male and female muscular abdomens making a visual impression that matches the brilliance of the dancing.

Ballet Revolucion is an uplifting show that was more than deserving of its enthusiastic standing ovation on Friday evening. Its vibrant choreography and infectious rhythms provide a delightful dose of sunshine to brighten up even the greyest London day.

Continues at the Peacock Theatre until 23 March

Laura Dodge writes for a number of publications including Dancing Times, and English National Ballet’s Dance is the Word blog. She has an MA in Ballet Studies and also teaches dance to children in central London.

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