So many times when I am choreographing a show someone will challenge an idea, a dance step, a creative vision. Oh how I long for someone to just say: “Yes, I will happily give that a go”.
Subtitled `a play with music and movement’, Elliott Rennie’s deep noted cello is the thrilling underscore to Cordelia O’Neill’s mesmerising but enigmatic Holocaust-fringed two hander. As if to underline the beauty and the horror, Rennie’s cello weaves in and out of O’Neill’s narrative like a snake writhing in its death pangs.
The Shanghai Ballet’s highly traditional production of Swan Lake is distinguished by the exquisite use of a huge corps de ballet of angelic dancers. In the late 1990s, international choreographer Derek Deane enjoyed great success with stagings of a trio of large-scale ballets at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Compagnie XY present It’s Not Yet Midnight…, a huge visual display, where 22 acrobats engage in flips, tumbles and handstands that reach almost to the very top of the Roundhouse (where it will be showing for the next 10 days). Inspired by themes of solidarity and community to oppose individualism it forgoes the traditional structure of a company hierarchy in favour of a collaborative approach.