BALLET CENTRAL 2013
at the Civic Theatre
Always a sense of excitement ahead of Ballet Central's annual visit.
This is clearly a strong year, and we saw some excellent work in eight pieces by very different choreographers. And four local dancers this time out - Bethany, Tom, Joshua and Abigail – plus a crowd-pleaser top-of-the-bill from Central alumnus and Essex boy Christopher Marney.
This was Anon!, the story of bookish, bespectacled girl – winningly danced by Bethany Pike – and the hunky mailman [Reece Causton] who brings her escapism in a cardboard box. Strong narrative, and great scenas – ball gowns to Shostakovich, ball game to Delibes, and an underwater world to Saint-Saens' Aquarium.
The evening began with a geometric, gymnastic work by Kenneth Tindall [another son of Central] to music by Philip Feeney; there was a strong traditional strand, including the Fireside Pas de Deux from Cinderella, choreographed by Christopher Gable to Feeney's music, and the Florestan Trio, delicately danced in powder pink by Léa Bridarolli, Giulia Pazzaglia and Thomas Edwards. And stylish show dancing, too, in smoke and sparkly black dresses, to Beyoncé's Live on Top.
But perhaps the most memorably innovative piece was Darshan Singh Buller's Mapping #3, a vaguely oriental, dynamically danced work, which, just when it seems to have explored everything, uses back projection to turn the stage through 90 degrees, showing floor work as vertical – an amazing, weightless effect, climaxing with tennis balls and a stepladder. Superbly performed by eight young dancers at the threshold of their career ...