Balletboyz brought their 2017 “Fourteen Days” programme to The Festival Theatre Edinburgh tonight, so a chance for me to catch both some performances and a dance company that I have not reviewed before.
If you have not heard of Balletboyz before, the company is the creation of two hugely talented dancers, Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, who met at the Royal Ballet Upper School and joined the Royal Ballet together in 1987 and founded the Balletboyz in 2000. Since its formation, the company has built a worldwide reputation for innovative and quality dance works.
This production features the following works, and each is very different from one another in both style and length, but always innovative.
The Title is in The Text - choreography by Javier De Frutos
Human Animal - choreography by Ivan Perez
Us - choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
The Indicator Line - choreography by Craig Revel Horwood
Fallen – choreography by Russell Maliphant
By the very nature of a diverse programme like this, there are always going to be some performances that you prefer more than others, and for me tonight, that comes down to two works – “Us” and “Fallen”. This choice is purely personal and no reflection upon the other works in the programme, which were all received well by the audience.
“Us” is a new work having had its premiere on 10th October 2017 at Sadler’s Wells. It is one of the shorter pieces in this programme and performed by only two dancers, but it is a wonderful example of the fluid grace that the human body is capable of and the sheer power and flexibility that a trained dancer’s body has to have. An impressive work full of emotion.
“Fallen” by complete contrast is one of the longer works performed tonight and features the whole company. “Fallen” is an impressive display of balance and counterbalance timed to perfection. This work requires dancers to have complete trust in their fellow dancers as they become the “fallen ones”; they simply have to be exactly where they should be at the precise moment in time. “Fallen” is fluid, stylish, innovative and a great example of split second timing choreography.
Having “found” Balletboyz, I now look forward to their 2018 programme
Review by Tom King