"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Dance Theatre at the Civic Theatre
end-of-year showcase began with the seniors in the team tee-shirt,
and ended, as it must, with The Knowledge in kneepads, and a splendid
set of curtain calls from a hugely talented company.
was Lindy Hop, smiles and jive and Olly Murs, there was tap – Hit
Me With A Hot Note – boogie, a lovely close-couple duo; there was even
ballet. Though this did feel like tokenism, accompanied by a
rehearsal piano, but beautifully danced by Rheanne Sun Wai.
of the work was exuberant, athletic and inventive.
thirty pieces, space only to mention David Nurse's stylish response
to Ella's At Last, with its knowing close, Jacob Holme's Black and
Gold for the senior boys, and the deafening, dynamic car crash end to
the first half, choreographed by Nikki O'Hara.
McKells reprised her A-level piece, an expressive interpretation of
This Bitter Earth, which she performed in St Paul's Covent Garden at the memorial
service for Phrosso Pfister, a longtime inspirational friend of EDT.
And James, breathless at the end of an exhausting sequence, and
without a monitor, gave us a rousing Jekyll and Hyde moment just
before the finale.