United in the name of Dance (GB)!

“It is very interesting to experience three of the major UK dance companies (Scottish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet) in one evening. This collaboration unites the nation: dancers and public alike, and is inspired by the exciting summer of celebration in the UK, with the Olympics, London 2012 Festival and the Diamond Jubilee all taking place in 2012. The tour started north in Glasgow and will move south to Cardiff, finishing in the grounds of the Old royal Naval Collage in Greenwich”

“The evening opener is Dancing Parallel by critically acclaimed dance filmmaker Nic Sandiland. His magical eye has created a film that stimulates all senses. With close up and amplified sounds he brings dance closer to the public than what we see on stage. This visual starter shows water, chairs and young people from different cities and dance backgrounds alternating.

Run for It by Martin Lawrence for Scottish Ballet is the first course of three live performances for the evening. In a minimalist set with live musical accompaniment, the dancers, indefatigable athletes, excel in a choreography of three movements. It is a declination of blue that slightly resembles Balanchine’s Apollo visually and in its musicality.

National Dance Company Wales present Christopher Bruce’s Dream as second course. Weary after sack and egg races the dancers daydream of the Queen coronation and Olympics. Highly ironic, Bruce quotes different disciplines in a manner close to Disney’s Fantasia “Dance of the Hours”. Circular in quality, we awaken from this fairy-tale all too soon.

Itzik Galili’s And The Earth Shall Bear Again danced by English National Ballet is the sweet ending of the evening. Show casing the highly technical competence of the company the piece goes beyond ballet in its search for movement material. Skilfully light, it celebrates individuality and unity.

I hope we will not have to wait too long to see a collaboration of such calibre happen again in the UK.”

Katja Vaghi